Blessed with an ear for music and a fine voice, Baldur finds his fortune but not his love. Smitten at an early age, Baldur is haunted by Lara—a girl of fey spirit destined to be both his muse and tormenter. The daughter of an intimidating and well-connected businessman, Lara leads Baldur from the small Manitoba community of New Iceland to the bustling streets of early twentieth-century Winnipeg. Along the way Baldur is befriended by a young Johnny Ashdown and together they cash in on the boom days of Canada’s early west.
In this modern Icelandic saga, Baldur is buffeted by chance and opportunity in a competitive, unforgiving new world, seeking his one true love.