In a novel rich in historical detail, acclaimed author Eliot Pattison not only reconsiders the founding of America, but also explores how disenfranchised people of any age and place struggle to find justice; how conflicting cultures can be reconciled through compassion and tolerance; and ultimately how the natural world has its own morality.
Aboard a British convict ship bound for the New World, protagonist Duncan McCallum witnesses a series of murders and apparent suicides among his fellow Scottish prisoners. A strange trail of clues leads Duncan into the New World and eventually thrusts him into the bloody maw of the French and Indian War. Duncan is indentured to the British Lord Ramsey, whose estate in the uncharted New York woodlands is a Heart of Darkness where multiple warring factions-—the British, rogue Scots, the French, the Huron, and the Iroquois—-are engaged in physical, psychological, and spiritual battle.
Exploring a frontier world shrouded in danger, he is mesmerized by Lord Ramsey’s beautiful daughter who has a forbidden knowledge of “heathen” ways. While defying death in a wilderness populated by European settlers, Indian shamans, and mysterious scalping parties, Duncan, the exiled chief of his near-extinct Scottish clan, finds that sometimes justice cannot be reached unless the cultures and spirits of those involved are resolved.