The Island Chronicles

BOOK 2: CHOPPING WATER

In Book 1, William, is drawn by the Music to Eleutheria, who lives in the house with the thatched roof overlooking Bourani Cove and the ancient lime kiln which still burns hot for those who know how to look. There, she tells him about trapping time in the old tower, inadvertently creating the Dragon, and how he must contain the monster while she searches the world for a way to repair what she has done. 

 

Having made his choice to believe her, the story continues in Book 2, in which William tells Lexi the story of how Eleutheria came to America three hundred years ago, only to watch her life shattered, before sailing half-way around the world to Orcas Island, in search of ultimate freedom.

 

Contemporarily on the island, William encounters investors who have come to create a profitable paradise. In addition, he struggles with the mystery of Nazdehda Retovna, the woman who rescued him fifty years ago, who has reappeared as Julien Darville, debonair dandy, and owner of the bookstore.

 

With the aid of his companions, Winston, and the playfully dangerous Lexi, William continues his search for the truth. Do we really matter, or are we just characters playing our parts, nothing more, and nothing less, than conscious star dust pretending to be free?

 

Eventually, William is confronted with an evil that threatens him, his mission, and those he loves. And we learn to what lengths he will go to survive. 

But can we outrun the story? Do we have that choice? The Freedom to turn right or left? Do we have the power to create our own destiny? Or are we just characters, living out what has been prescribed for us since the Big Bang set it all in motion? Nothing more, and nothing less, than conscious star dust pretending we have options. Pretending there is meaning.