Fiction. In 1903, a devastating landslide buries much of the town of Frank, Alberta. Lucille Reilly, a newspaper reporter from Winnipeg, has come to Stony Point, just down the rail line from Frank, to try to find her missing brother-in-law. Stanley, also a reporter, had been investigating the lives and working conditions of coal miners, and has disappeared, in company with a union organizer, on his way to Frank. Stony Point is a frontier town ablaze with conflict and collusion; Lucille must battle official indifference to Stanley's disappearance, conflict with the local Northwest Mounted Police detachment, and capitalist resentment of her support for organized labour (and her poker skills), while her new friendship with Kate Pruitt, who is pregnant by the mine owner, brings her into conflict with a jealous wife. The powers that be are all arrayed against Lucille until Kate's seafaring grandmother and stepbrother return home, bringing unlikely allies.
S. Noël McKay has lived in Alberta most of her life. She attended the University of Alberta before starting a career in the transportation industry. She currently lives in Edmonton with her cat, Cletus. Both enjoy snowboarding. Author City: EDMONTON, AB CAN