Lawrence Kraymer is a young entrepreneur from Philadelphia who takes a hunting trip up along the Delaware, and in the process, stumbles on Pierre Laux, a French aristocrat living on the edge of what was then a vast wilderness.
Intoxicated with this exotic family, Lawrence pursues an engagement with one of Pierre's daughters, and builds her a château in a misguided attempt to prove himself worthy. In doing so, he sets in motion a sequence of events that has tragic consequences in this literary treatment of an actual historical incident.
"A debut novel about two colonists in America whose lives become entwined during the early years of the 18th century . . . A haunting, eloquent, and engaging historical drama." -- Kirkus Reviews