Catherine MacPherson and Alexander Sutherland were both refugees from the Highland Clearances, driven off the land their families had farmed for generations. Their only choices were to slowly starve to death on the shores of the North Sea or to grind out their lives in the factories and slums of Glasgow. Or to take up a lunatic offer of free farmland in the heart of North America, a thousand miles west of the nearest British settlement.
Cuthbert Grant was a half-Cree orphan adopted by the North West Fur Trading Company. After a formal education in Montreal and Scotland, The Company was sending him back to the land of his birth to learn the trade and begin his climb up the corporate ladder. Or so it seemed.
All three of them were being used as pawns in a war between two of the richest corporations on the face of the earth: The North West Company and The Governor and Company of Adventurers Trading Into Hudson’s Bay. But living pawns have hopes and desires of their own, and sometimes bite the hand that moves them.
“Alfred Silver breathes life into one of the most neglected struggles in our history… a rich tapestry with hints of Greek Tragedy.” The Ottawa Citizen
“(Silver) has chosen to pick a few real people and… fleshing them out, providing feelings and dialogue that go with the history. The result is a novel that at times is so bizarre it would be unbelievable if one didn’t know it really did happen.” Saskatoon Star-PhoenixPreview: Red River Story
About the Author: Alfred Silver has had fifteen novels published and many scripts produced on radio and the stage. After toughing out thirty prairie winters and sweating out seven Toronto summers, he now lives temperately in rural Nova Scotia with his wife and assorted wildlife. Relatively temperately.