A chance meeting at the Menin Gate in 1969 between a young War Studies lecturer and
an elderly Benedictine monk sparks a close friendship – one that will ultimately
lead a dying Father Peter Quinn to entrust a family’s tragic secret to John Malcolm.
John discovers that his friend has asked him to read a manuscript. Written by Katherine
Kennedy, it recounts the story of her husband Tom and the years leading up to his
death – a death shrouded in shame among the devastating battlefields of the First
World War. It is a story of love, conviction, defiance, bravery and loss.
Ultimately, it is also the story of one woman’s determination to track down the truth
for the sake not only of her beloved husband but also of their son, born after his
father’s death. Yet even Katherine is unaware of one key fact – a truth kept from
her that would have destroyed any hope of happiness in her life after Tom.