This is the story of Joseph McNulty, an immigrant to the New World following the Starving Time of 19th-century Ireland. The novel's historical background is meticulously accurate, and the eerie tale against stark reality is so beautifully conveyed that it is at once shocking yet sensitive.
Joseph is fleeing more than the deprivation of his homeland. Since childhood, he has been pursued by the specter of the Bog Spell, an ancient druid bloodrite that threatens to destroy him and his young wife Sarah. Only a supreme act of courage and self-sacrifice can break the power of the spell. This is a hauntingly beautiful love story steeped in Irish mysticism.