In a sleepy logging town in Newfoundland, Canada, Sasha Dovonovitch and Tom Claireborne, two young teenagers, fall in love. Sasha's father, a brutal man, struggles to keep them apart, even as the town bully, Jamie Dence, takes an obsessive interest in her. While local logging strikes foment unrest, Jamie is found murdered. The town keeps the details secret, and it is only decades later that an old friend of the families finally discovers the unsettling truth. Excerpt: "A few days after Bonfire Night, Cindy organised a game of Kick-the-Can in her backyard with those of us who had been at her party. And later that evening, having hidden while Tom, the It, was meant to be seeking everyone out, I came running around the corner of the house to strike home when suddenly I stopped, for there, beneath the shimmering porch light, I found them kissing - two small silhouettes, holding each other awkwardly, against the Atlantic autumn cold."