The saga begins. Having fled the famine, factionalism and violence of old Ireland, James Donnelly and his wife Johannah arrive in Lucan with their infant son. But the promises of landlords and land agents prove false, and while their family grows, their prospects seem to only shrink.
When an opportunistic settler arrives with his own ambitions and a pocketful of dark magic from the old country, James and Johannah refuse to be scared off their claim.
An infamous logging bee, a murder charge, the gallows at Goderich, and a plea for mercy may all change their circumstances, but not their fates.
A rollicking, suspenseful, journey back in time to the start of it all.