Hay does a masterful job weaving the various strands of three generations of the Flood family as it moves across the Canadian landscape through eight decades of history that involves conflict, tragedy, mystery and love. The main focus here is the story of Connie Flood, a school teacher on the prairies during the late twenties. She is portrayed as a person very much in touch with her surroundings whether it be her immediate family, or students, or the natural world. She is, as Thomas Hardy once said, someone who noticed such things. One day, her life will be changed forever in the most sinister of ways. The principal of her school, the strange and dangerous Parley Burns, is alleged to have raped one of her young students, setting in motion an evolving mystery that will resonate for generations to come. This time, it will be many miles to the east in the Ottawa Valley where the disgraced Burns will resurface around the same time a young girl is brutally raped and murdered. There is a throughput to this story that will happen because Connie’s niece, a historian, does the research and brings the tale into the present where the record will speak for itself. Justice will ultimately be served, old memories recovered, love pursued and honored, and fears finally put to rest. What I like most about this novel is that, once again, Hay shows her unique ability to write both in the poetic and prosaic style. Her lyrical description of the faraway back roads and dark woods of rural Canada serves as a poignant reminder that nature and its accompanying landscape hold in their grip the truth of the past that only humans can extract as they revisit them. I recommend this novel to anyone who has the patience to stick with the journey the author wants to take them on to get at the truth even if it means following the twists and turns of its main characters.