P. S. Duffy traces her Nova Scotian roots back over 250 years. She herself sailed in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, for thirty summers. She now lives with her husband in Rochester, Minnesota. This is her first novel.
Raised as a pacifist, Angus joins up as a cartographer when his brother-in-law goes missing at the front but instead finds himself thrust into battle. Back home, son Simon Peter has battles of his own; he walks a fine line in a village increasingly rent by grief as the carnage mounts.