In 1687, the English Colony of New York is in dire financial straits. The flow of beaver pelts, the life’s blood of the colony, has slowed to a trickle. In response, New York’s governor grants licenses to Albany traders to enter French territory and divert the furs of the Far Indians from Montreal to Albany. Although only recently married to Laurentje, Sean O’Cathail joins the small group of adventurers who have the courage to face the savage wilderness.
However, the governor of New France learns of their plans, and the traders must avoid capture by the French and their savage allies. Optimistic that they can avoid detection, Sean and his fellow boschlopers begin to cross the Great Lakes. But, when they are surrounded and captured, Sean finds that his adventure is only just beginning. He will need all his wits and the help of Kai, the beautiful Mohawk woman who was once his lover, to survive and return home.
John M. Cahill is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. Prior to his retirement from New York State government, he enjoyed a successful and rewarding 35 years of writing, editing and publishing public information and social marketing materials. It was while living in New York’s Mohawk Valley that he took an interest in the state’s history and began to explore the relationships and interactions of the Dutch and English fur traders with their Iroquois neighbors and French adversaries. Cahill is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Historical Writers Association, Historical Writers of America, Society of Authors and Alliance of Independent Authors. He lives, with his wife, in Vienna, Austria. He can be followed on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jmcahill47) and Twitter (@boschloper), and you can learn more about him and his work on his homepage at www.john-m-cahill.com