A Tale of Irish Descent - The Triskele Mystery
Rachael and Sean become unwitting accomplices in reuniting descendants of a terrible sacrifice in 651AD and a father's curse that would come full circle 14 centuries later. They were unaware of that horrific night, or that their marriage would spark a reunion uncovering the meaning of the trī-skels etched in the wall and the truth regarding decades of arcane deaths of the town's children. More
In seventh century Ireland, a rogue Druid cult has taken Clareen, the twelve year old daughter of Chulainn O’Connor to be sacrificed at an ancient stone circle known as Slieve na Calliagh. Too late to rescue her, Chulainn exacts his revenge. It is whispered in the aftermath, that the mound and its relics are cursed, most notably, the stones with the telltale marks.
Centuries later, fleeing English persecution and starvation during the Irish potato famine, Michael O'Connor immigrates to America with his family aboard the Quail, an ill fated Irish coffin ship. It is a terrible and inhumane crossing. He is unaware that the ballast stones he trades for passage are believed to be the cursed stones of his ancestor. Indeed, a dark shadow plagues the ship, and Michael's family. But is the death and misfortune associated with the stones the result of a curse, or something else?
The answer is revealed decades later when the strangely marked stones cross paths with one of Michael's descendents in a shocking discovery that explains what has afflicted the congregations of the Anglican Church of Saint James almost from its beginning.
Father Sean Walsh and his new bride Rachael love the bucolic southern Maryland town of Indian Head. Saint James Parish is Sean’s second assignment as pastor and his desire is for it to be his last. It is only natural to be interested in the markings he discovers in the cemetery wall. Rachael names the markings tri-skeles, an ancient druidic symbol, similar to that which is on the flag of the Isle of Man. Sean is curious about them and tallies their number, but he is at a loss to explain their presence. Not even his best friends, Reed Wingfield and Woods Payne, the men who recruited him, can explain the mystery, but they are withholding the truth.
And yet, neither he, nor Rachael are aware of any curse, or that Rachael is a descendant of Chulainn O’Connor, which is why Sean has been selected to replace the recent and suddenly deceased Father Lockwood. They couldn't begin to imagine that life in this quaint little town would eventually bring them face to face with one of a parent’s worst fears, in a tale of Irish descent that has its beginning fourteen centuries ago.