The author of The Thorn Apple Tree with another story of early 19th Century Scotch Canada, a story which has a certain quiet, domestic, regional charm until it is shattered by war -- a facet of the tale which suggests a modern parallel. The focus is centered on Felicity, beautiful, talented, spirited -- Felicity, who wanted to paint and is courted by Gavin who offered opportunity. But she married Peter, former fur trapper, adventurous and reckless. They built their own house on the Higher Hill, and have a baby girl, when with the outbreak of the war of 1812, Peter and his brothers go off to fight, Felicity is left with the burden of the farm and her less resourceful relatives. Peter's mother dies, his brother David is killed, and Hughie, the youngest, returns blind, and Felicity shows unshakeable stamina until Peter's safe homecoming. For conservatives.