It was a bright, sunny August day at Highlands, a coastal community on Bay St. George on Newfoundland and Labrador’s west coast. Our house overlooked the ocean, which on that day was perfectly calm; its surface looked shiny and warm. It showed no sign of the awful things that had taken place in its past. One of these tragedies was about to be brought home to me when I answered the knock on our door.
“My name is Mark Maher, and these are my two friends,” he said as he pointed to the two ladies standing behind him. “We are from Port Albernie, British Columbia, and we have come to Newfoundland looking for someone who might be a relative of Catherine MacInnis. I am a direct descendant of one of the poor stowaways from Scotland, whose lives were saved by Catherine!”
It was with these words that a horrible series of events, which has been almost forgotten, suddenly returned to life. This man related to me a story of seven little boys who endured torture at the hands fo their fellow man. Five of whom survived, but the others perished within sight of where we then stood.
“You are in the right place,” I said, “She was my great grandmother."
A book that takes readers from Greenock, Scotland, to Bay St. George, Newfoundland. Catherine MacInnis from the tiny community of Highlands in Bay St. George on Newfoundland’s west coast suffers a tragedy that breaks her heart and brings her to a dark place from which her family wonders if she can ever escape. Scottish boys from Greenock who were stowaways on the ship Arran have their own tales of suffering and it is because of them that Catherine is finally able to find her way back from darkness to light.