In the south of Ireland, just beyond the town of New Rowan, young Michael McDonagh is growing up fast. The same families have lived in his village for generations, harboring old loyalties and even older hatreds, and a person's name casts a long shadow. Sometimes it seems that strangers know more about Michael than he knows about himself.
Surrounded by the rough-hewn, often bloodied, hard-drinking men of the town, Michael longs for his father, gone off to work in America. He cares for his mother, racked by spells that put her somewhere between this world and the next. And he becomes involved with Cait, a local girl who hides a dark past of her own.
When a neighbor - Cait's mother - dies suddenly, Michael's father returns home, and a long-dormant scandal is reignited. In a country where the traditions of the past are never that far from the present, and treachery and betrayal bind generation to generation, Michael must decide whom he truly loves, whom he will protect, and how far he will go to uncover the truth.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.2