Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, 1943 World War II.
Petty Officer John Kelly of the British Royal Navy arrives
in the coastal port of Harbour Grace on the L27 submarine, haunted by his part
in a shadowy execution on the Atlantic Ocean.
He seeks reprieve inside the Archibald Hotel, where he meets
Madonna, a vivacious servant girl from Riverhead, Harbour Grace’s nearby
Catholic quarter. Soon after, their blossoming love offers John a chance for
salvation, but in this fiercely tribal town, secrets never lie for far below the
surface-and atonement is paid for in blood.
Seamlessly weaving fact with fiction in his hallmark style, Patrick
Collins uses the little-known history of Harbour Grace’s wartime High
Frequency/Direction Finding Radar Base to create a compelling story that will
live long in memory.