This book is based on the concept of plural marriages in a splinter group of the Mormans and from all I can gather about plural marriages it pretty accurately portrays how difficult it is to be one of many wives. Nancy ran away from home when her father told her she had to become the 4th wife of her cousin who was old enough to be her father. She felt that when a man has more than one wife it might be pretty nice for the man, but for the woman, not so much. Or as she says, "I saw my mother's face when daddy would go spend the night with another wife."
The Cabin has one of the most despicable villains I have ever read about and also has one of the most terrifying scenes I have ever read in a book. I literally stopped breathing for a little while as I read what Abner did to Nancy because she refused to marry him. To call him a snake would be an insult to snakes! I was waiting and hoping that Jacob or Lucas (Nancy's father) would just put him out of his misery.
Very good book. Don't miss this one!