In 1870, while France and Prussia are at war, an English ship is wrecked on the coast of France and a stranger enters the lives of a village family. Elisa Gagnon is married to the man bent on salvaging the wrecked Lady Morgan at any cost; her daughter Janik sees angels, but her father would rather see her married than enter the convent; Alan Bridges arrives among them with an unknown past and suspicious intentions. When a ruinous triangle develops between these three, they are forced to choose between their allegiances — emotional, spiritual, and political — and their desires.
About the author
Born in England, Pauline Holdstock came to Canada in 1974. Her first novel, The Blackbird's Song, was a finalist in the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1987. Her 2004 novel Beyond Measure was nominated for the Giller Prize. Her writing has appeared in Exile, Event, Grain, NeWest Review, Malahat Review, Flare and Antigonish Review among others. She lives in Sidney on Vancouver Island.