Fiction. The first novel of Jennifer Lawler, author of more than 30 non-fiction books on medieval history and martial arts. It presents the odyssey of Rebecca Hanover, ex-wife, ex-professor of Old English and ex-con. Driven by a consuming need to be united with her lost daughter, attending to words echoing from ancient sagas, she sets out toward the sea on the other side of the country. On the way she finds a new friend and a little girl in need. Both tempt her back to the present, away from her quest. "Rebecca Hanover is a heroine for the new millennium--fierce, tough, independent, unsentimental and truthful. She doesn't flinch from the light, but stands firm in her quest for the redemption she sees in the dark"--Robert Moulthrop.