By Brian Hart
Set in a logging city at the lawless Pacific coast of Washington country on the flip of the 20th century, a spellbinding novel of destiny and redemption—told with a muscular lyricism and packed with a forged of characters Shakespearean in scope—in which the lives of an ill-fated kinfolk are on the mercy of violent social and old forces that tear them apart.
Keen to make his fortune, Jacob Ellstrom, armed along with his clinical package and new spouse, Nell, lands within the Harbor—a mud-filled, raucous coastal city teeming with tough exchange pioneers, sawmill workers, sailors, and prostitutes. yet Jacob isn't a physician, and a botched supply exposes his ruse, riding him onto the streets in a plunge in the direction of alcoholism. on my own, Nell scrambles to maintain herself and their younger son, Duncan, secure during this risky global. while a tentative reunion among the couple—in the corporate of Duncan and Jacob’s malicious brother, Matius—results in tragedy, Jacob needs to flee city to elude being charged with murder.
Years later, the wild and reckless Duncan seems yet one more of The Harbor’s hoodlums. His basically salvation is his overwhelming love for Teresa Boyerton, the daughter of the town’s greatest mill proprietor. yet catastrophe will befall the fanatics with heartbreaking consequences.
And throughout city, Bellhouse, a union boss and legal rabble-rouser, sits on the helm of The Harbor’s seedy underbelly, perpetuating a cycle of greed and violence. His thug Tartan directs his pack of thieves, pimps, and murderers, and conceals an incendiary mystery regarding Duncan’s mom. As time passes, a string of calamitous occasions sends those characters hurtling in the direction of one another in an epic collision that may shake the city to its core.