The novel follows three generations of a Canadian family, starting with a wood carver who befriends an immigrant German priest as he founds a church in an isolated town in 19th century Ontario. The story centres around the lives of the wood carver's two grandchildren as it explores the devastation of World War I, the building of the Vimy Memorial to commemorate the Canadian war soldiers dead in France, and the human need to live, love, remember and memorialise.
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