Set mainly within a small rural area along a bay between New Brunswick and P.E.I., The Bay of Love and Sorrow is a hard-hitting tale of ambition and betrayal in which the senseless murder of a young woman in the summer of 1974 changes the lives of an entire community. Events are set in motion when the once-strong friendship between privileged Michael Skid, the young son of a judge from town, and farmhand Tommie Donnerel ends in bitter misunderstanding. As Michael sets out to prove something to himself and to others, he finds himself drawn into the company of the beautiful, strong-willed Madonna Brassaurd and her brother, Silver. The three of them soon fall prey to the glamour of Everette Hutch, a charismatic and violent man, whose latest scheme pulls them in over their heads, leading to tragedy. Bridging the decent world of Tommie Donnerel and the darker realm of the Brassaurds and Everette Hutch is Karrie Smith. She is home for the summer from community college, and it is her poignant longings for a different life that make her most vulnerable to a world she doesn't understand. The summer becomes fraught with desperation and abrupt changes of fortune, but it is only in the aftermath of murder that the real truth flowers for those who have been most responsible. Taut, intricately layered, written in penetrating prose, The Bay of Love and Sorrows explores the possibility of redemption in whatever circumstances people find themselves.