Fifteen years of age, Isa Muirison loves her life working for the floating shops of Orkney at the turn of the 20th century. But her happy family life is thrown into turmoil by her fatherís decision to emigrate to Canada, her sisterís illness and her own love for Davie, a penniless whisky runner.
Despite her familyís opposition, she follows Davie to his tiny island home where she is met by the fierce hostility of his mother and his childhood sweetheart, Chrissie.
Alone among strangers, Isaís unrelenting determination gains acceptance and popularity in the close knit community.
But no one could have foreseen the tragedy that rips the heart out of that community and shatters Isa's security.
Meanwhile, Chrissie has found solace in the arms of Davieís violent brother Jack, only to discover a darkness in his soul she could never have imagined. Events are set in motion over which the two women have no control.
Will either of them ever find peace? And in whose arms will Davie find solace?
Follow the Dove by Catherine M Byrne