Benjamin lives in Bethany with his pagan wife, Mara. He is surprised to find out that his sister who had been disowned when she married a shepherd, had a daughter. Benjamin is a business man. He runs his own shop in Bethany. However, his older brother has control of the merchants business left to them by their father. As the younger brother, he is jealous and wants to be more than he is.
When Rebekah arrives, her uncle takes her in because he fears that his friends and neighbors will condemn him if he doesn't. After all, it is his responsibility to take in this orphaned niece according to the law. Besides, she looks strong and he can present her as a household servant to his wife without spending a sheckle for her.