Murray McEachen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1947. He is the son of Canadian parents, both of Scottish descent. He served as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 23 years before retiring in 1989 to assume other responsibilities with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton.
While at UNB he studied history, obtaining his Master's degree in 2006. His interest in history led him to write this, his first novel.
Murray resides in Fredericton whith his wife Carol, a nuisance of cats and a large golden retreiver.
Henry Flight grows up in Portsmouth, England during that country's wars with France and Spain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He becomes a ship's carpenter by apprenticing at the town's Royal Dockyard. Upon graduation, he sails to battle under the command of Admiral Nelson. Henry is commissioned to build a coffin for the admiral; a casket that is used at Lord Nelson's funeral in London
This is the story of a family living in Scotland, losing their home to the potato famine and the Highland Clearances, then moving to Canada where their future generation loses their Saskatchewan farm to the banks during the Great Depression.