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Ryan arrives in colonial Canada at the outbreak of the 1838 Patriot War. Cast out, he becomes a smuggler amid the grandeur of the Thousand Islands. He falls for Kate, daughter of local legend, smuggler, rebel and pirate, Bill Johnston. Ryan strives to win Kate’s heart with the help of her older cousin Ada. Ada develops feelings for Ryan and he in turn grapples with his attraction to Ada. Circumstances drive Ryan into a deadly web of adventure, piracy and rebellion. Tugged by the opposing currents of romance and war, Ryan struggles to reconcile his tragic family history, his duty and his heart.
Counter Currents is a story of smugglers, river pirates, rebels, love, war, and freedom fighters. Spanning 1837 to 1845, most scenes are set against the beauty and grandeur of the Thousand Islands during the drama of the Patriot War in 1838. That year, rebels attacked Canada 12 times from the USA. Among the raiders was the legendary Bill Johnston.
Bill Johnston schools Ryan in the smuggler's ways in the lawless archipelago of the Thousand Islands. Ryan’s first taste of violence is a midnight raid on a private steamer, the Sir Robert Peel. Johnston, Ryan, and a dozen others attack the ship, remove the passengers and crew, and then loot and burn it.
Johnston spends the summer hiding from a massive US and British force sent to find him. Ryan continues smuggling, while Johnston's 18-year-old daughter, Kate, runs supplies to her fugitive father. Independent, fearless and beautiful, locals called Kate the Queen of the Thousand Islands.
That summer, Kate and Ryan fall in love. Ryan is coached by Kate’s older cousin Ada on how to best capture Kate’s heart. Over time, Ada develops feelings for Ryan. Ryan, in turn, struggles with his attraction to Ada.
Bill coaxes Ryan to join the Hunters Lodge, a militant secret society dedicated to the overthrow of the British in Canada.
Captured after a raid on Canada, Ryan uses every guile, trick and hard-learned lesson to extricate himself from prison, so that he can return to Kate. The gallows or a trip to the Tasmanian penal colony awaits him if he fails.
The story builds on real events surrounding the Patriot War and stays close to historic facts. Over 30 non-fiction characters play small to major rolls, including a young John A. Macdonald, later to become Canada's first prime minister, and Daniel D. Heustis, an extraordinary but unsung American hero.
Islands of Love and War, available only as an ebook, is a family-friendly version of Counter Currents. The adventures of Ryan continue in Dark Southern Sun.