In that county in the 1760s, the Regulators organized to prevent the collection of taxes, or the confiscation of the property of tax delinquents. Officials said "an absolute Insurrection of a dangerous tendency has broke out in Orange County," and made military plans to suppress it. At one point seven hundred armed farmers forced the release of two arrested Regulator leaders. The Regulators petitioned the government on their grievances in 1768, citing "the unequal chances the poor and the weak have in contentions with the rich and powerful."
I broke all the rules when I started a book with the description of an idyllic natural scene of a forest at night. As part of the description, there is a small, furry creature (called a Moon Rat) navigating the dry leaves at the forest floor and a predatory bird sweeps down to catch it. At the last second, the critter jumps out of the way and into a dark cavity as the bird’s claws snap on dry leaves and twigs. This is when I introduce my main character and his lover, who have been laying together next to a nearby pond and the noise alerts them to the fact that it is now late and the guard would be doing their rounds (they are violating curfew). So, the couple gets dressed and the POV character is putting on his boot, the Moon Rat (the same one who avoided the bird earlier) is inside and it bites his foot. He throws his boot, which makes noise that alerts the guards and a story-beginning chase ensues.