The storied life of Winston Churchill, Britain’s legendary leader in the war against Nazism, is coming to an end. But Churchill holds a secret, one he is driven to disclose before death.
Could it be that Churchill was descended, through his American mother, from Indigenous people of North America? Few people would believe it, as he well knows. But Churchill’s certainty that he possesses actual ancestral memories from this inheritance gave him the fortitude to stand, almost alone, against Hitler.
As he nears his end, Churchill learns that William Cull, a student from Newfoundland has arrived in London—a descendant and namesake of a notorious frontiersman and alleged persecutor of the Beothuk in the early 1800s.
Churchill summons Cull to his home in London, disrupting the young man’s life, to hear and record the great man’s mystery, in an uncertain race against time.
Born in Newfoundland, Bill Rowe, Q.C., graduated in English from Memorial University and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, obtaining an Honours M.A. in law.
Elected five times to the House of Assembly, the first time at 24, Rowe served as a minister in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and as leader of the Official Opposition. He practiced law in St. John’s for many years, earning a Queen’s Counsel designation. He has also been a long-time public affairs commentator, appearing regularly on national and local television, as well as hosting a daily radio call-in show on VOCM and writing weekly newspaper columns in The Telegram.
Rowe has written a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction. He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and has served on the executive of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has a son, Dorian, a daughter, Toby, and three grandchildren, Rowan, Elizabeth, and Phoebe.
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