Luke is not yet 12 when his father dies of a heart attack, leaving him an orphan. Small for his age and something of a loner, Luke goes to live with his Uncle Henry and Aunt Helen in Collingwood on Georgian Bay, where Uncle Henry has a saw mill on the edge of town. The practical Uncle Henry sees that the family dog, Dan, is old and lame and no longer useful, and he concludes the dog should be destroyed. Luke, whose sense of dignity and loyalty transcend the practical, fights to save his dog, and in his struggle, he comes to a better understanding not only of Uncle Henry, but of the expedient world of adults.
Morley Callaghan was the author of 15 novels, including A Time For Judas, Its Never Over, Strange Fugitive, and Such Is My Beloved. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and received a host of honors in Canada, including the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Jane Urquhart is a poet and author of numerous articles and books, including The Whirlpool and Away.
"A single vision encompasses these people in all their self-contradictions, betrayals, nobility, bewilderment . . . every pattern leads out into a larger atmosphere of mercy and wonder." —Margaret Avison
"The story poses in opposition disinterested love and practical use and teaches how 'love' must be flawed by 'use,' and how love must be preserved in a world set to destroy it." —Commonwealth Literature