What a wonderful book -full of interesting problems that you want to solve for these people! Yes, people -because they do not feel like characters. Tom, the brave young man who made it thru a horrific war and feels guilty about not dying. And Isabel, who loses her brother in the same war and falls for Tom quickly. Hannah is the widow, who lost her husband and her young daughter unfairly to the whim of an angry mob furious about the war.
All three lives play out in Australia.
After Tom and Isabel marry, they move to the lonely island of Janus Rock where Tom is the keeper of the light for the lighthouse. On this desolate place, Isabel & Tom lose baby after baby. Just days after their last child is stillborn, Isabel hears a baby's cry from the beach and they discover a boat with a dead man and an infant. What they decide to do is horribly wrong but you can understand after what they have been through. This decision will effect all of their lives and those around them. You need to read this beautifully written book to discover what happens after their choice.