After an absence of many years, Nathan Elliott returns to the lakeside village of Wellington in Ontario’s Prince Edward County to be at his dying father’s side. Within a few days of his return, his brother reports that Nathan disappeared while the two were cutting firewood, and no trace of him can be found. Then Nathan’s wife arrives in the village. Claiming that she can contact the dead, she begins to hold seances for the villagers.
As a Methodist saddlebag preacher, Thaddeus Lewis is outraged. His ethical objections put him on a twisted path where he encounters towering sand dunes and a mysterious wild boy. After coming up against greed, fraud and murder, can Lewis learn the truth about Nathan Elliott? Religious conflict and political dissension impact the outcome of this tale set in 1844.