Eric Alford, one of the brave but shell-shocked soldiers of WWI, sets out during Canada's Great Depression to find his British sweetheart. He ends up in Australia, where he finally wins ordinatio
Eric Alford, one of the brave but shell-shocked soldiers of WWI, sets out during Canada's Great Depression to find his British sweetheart. He ends up in Australia, where he finally wins ordination as a clergyman. After an emotionally fraught round the world trip, he arrives home in Quebec only to find his traumas growing worse. He continues to battle it as bravely as he did the enemy, causing heart-rending anguish to himself, his loving bride and his only son.
Set in the turbulent twenties and thirties, this story of an earlier hero mirrors with horrifying force the PTSD that afflicts our returning troops today, and offers uplifting lessons about the unquenchable human spirit.
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Paul Almond, O.C., is one of Canada's preeminent film and television directors. He directed and produced more than 130 television dramas for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and for the BBC and others in the UK, as well as motion pictures for Paramount and Universal in Hollywood. He was recently appointed to the Order of Canada and received a lifetime achievement award from the Director's Guild of Canada. A storyteller at heart, Almond has now turned his talents to writing. He lives in Malibu, California, and on the Gaspé Peninsula in Shigawake, Quebec.