A masterpiece' Bob Geldof 1865. The American Civil War is ending. Eliza Duane Mulvey sets out Lafayette, Louisiana, the town her mother Mary Duane called home. Alone, she walks across a devastated country, in search of a youngster she has not seen in four years. One of the hundred thousand children drawn into the war, his fate has been mysterious and will prove extraordinary. It s a walk that will have consequences for many seemingly unconnected survivors- a love-struck cartographer, a beautiful Latina poetess, rebel guerrilla Johnny Thunders, runaway slave Grace McNeile, the mercurial revolutionary Giacomo O Keefe, who commanded a brigade of Irish immigrants in the Union Army and is now Governor of a western wilderness where nothing is as it seems.
Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. He has written thirteen books, including five previous novels- Cowboys and Indians, Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen and most recently Star of the Sea, which became an international bestseller, winning the Irish Post Award for Literature, an American Library Association Award, France's Prix Millepages and the Prix Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year. His work has been published in twenty-nine languages.