20th Anniversary Edition
A Confederate raiding party from Canada commandeers a Lake Erie ferry boat in Put-in-Bay and plans to free 2,000 Confederate prisoners on nearby Johnson Island while a spy schemes to destroy Lake Erie’s sole Union gunboat in Sandusky Bay.
The raid is complicated by a seedy French-Canadian, a mysterious trunk and a body found on Rattlesnake Island where rainbows end.
One hundred forty plus years later, Emerson Moore, a Washington Post investigative reporter struggling with the tragic death of his wife and son, returns to visit his aunt in Put-in-Bay where he incurs the animosity of a wealthy shipping magnate who lives in a ship’s bow on South Bass Island’s west side.
Moore meets an Ohio State University professor who is studying the island’s caves and encounters a number of challenges when he falls in love with the professor’s married daughter with whom he shares a haunting memory from his boyhood island days and solves the mystery of the missing trunk.