In 1888, Marantha Waters moves to the desolate isle of San Miguel Island off Southern Californias coast with her Civil War veteran husband, who does everything he can to keep their aspiring-actress daughter from slipping off to the mainland. In 1930, New York City librarian Elise Lester and her gung-ho World War I veteran husband settle on San Miguel, also looking for peace. Sharp moral conundrum in a distinctive setting; with an eight-city tour.

From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Women," a historical novel about three women's lives on a California island. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of Boyle's haunting new novel.