In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sinks off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's night storm. Helen O'Mara, pregnant with her fourth child, receives a call telling her that her husband, Cal, has drowned.
The British and Russian empires are at their apex. Germany has just formed her confederation and is vying for prominence. America has recover from her civil war and is expanding her reach.A younger son of a minor landholder is allowed to join his Cossack band for the first time, hoping to survive the campaign. Fate has other ideas and he finds…
A quarter of a century later, Helen is woken by another phone call. It is her wayward son, John, calling from another time zone to tell her that he has made a girl pregnant and he wants Helen to decide what to do. As John grapples with what it might mean to be a father, Helen realises that she must shake off her decades of mourning in order to help.
With grace and precision and an astonishing ability to render the precise details of her characters' physical and emotional worlds, Lisa Moore reveals the story that unfurls around those two moments.
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