This is the saga of Leif Eiriksson and how he found - and then left - the New World. Based on original sources, this book brings together a wealth of historical and literary knowledge. A thousand years ago, a Nordic seafarer, carried off course on the North Atlantic, caught a chance glimpse of land in the far west. The story of the Nordic discovery of America, named "Vinland" by discoverers, around year AD 1000 has been preserved for a millennium in medical Icelandic manuscripts, the Saga of Eirikur the Red and the Saga of Greenlanders. Was Vinland first seen by Leifur Eiriksson or by Bjarni Herjolfsson? Was Leifur "the Lucky" a Christian missionary, and where was he from? Who was the first European born in the New World? In her informative and accessible book, Anna Yates tells the story of the Norsemen in America, how they found a new continent, and why they did not stay.