Rebekah is the daughter of Eleazar, a shepherd living near Bethlehem. She loves playing with the lambs as a child and picks flowers and makes chains with them to hang around her neck or put on her head. Her mother died in childbirth. Rebekah misses her terribly, but her father tends to dote on her - a rarity among first century Hebrew society.
She is strong and helps with the sheep, as well as working with the wives and daughters of the other shepherds. She sleeps under the stars at night around a camp fire with her father and their friends. Rebekah is safe and content under her father's watchful eyes until tragedy strikes and changes her future. She must live and work in her uncle, Benjamin's home as a servant.