Rome, NY, 1817: Jamie Doyle comes from a French-Irish family that has been building canals since the 17th Century Canal du Midi in the Languedoc region of France. After a shattering experience at Waterloo, Jamie spends the next two years touring the canals of Europe.
With recommendation letters from the most famous canal builder in England, Jamie and his new wife Maggie travel to New York in May 1817 hoping to join construction of the Erie Canal. Chief Engineer Benjamin Wright is pleased to hire a man with Jamie’s experience, but first has an additional assignment.
Jamie must learn who and why at least one of the workers on the first section of the Canal was brutally murdered before that death disrupts an already rain-delayed construction project. Jamie has no crime investigation experience. It is an expertise he has no desire to develop. But he does want to help build the Erie.
His wife wants to help Jamie succeed. Neither Jamie nor Maggie know anything about New York. They are fortunate to meet three Oneida Indians who do.
Rosemary Nichols has co-authored two award winning books of historical fiction. She lives in Watervliet, NY at the eastern end of the Erie Canal, a long time interest of hers. She also enjoys learning about 19th century technology. This book allows her to combine both interests. Rosemary spent more than forty years practicing law before having the privilege of writing full time.