The novel is set in the eighteenth century and is a tale about journeys – literal journeys and journeys of faith. “He was riddled with doubts.” To have doubts is the beginning of faith – searching for the truth. Questions about faith helps in the journey of growth.
The Newcomer has the theme of searching. A searching deep within the find out who one really is. The tale explores this longing to know not only who we are but whose we are. “Only true self reliance is utter reliance upon God.” Only when we come to the end of ourselves can we really know God as we depend on Him.