The sound of the river, ever-present, had finally intruded on his consciousness. If Nate was playing by himself outside, that damn river was too close for comfort. Instantly forgetting everything else, John hurried to the door, pushed it right open, and stepped to the edge.
John Quarry is on vacation with his small son, Nate, when a tragedy occurs: During an overnight stop in the Fraser Canyon, the child disappears and is presumed lost to the river. The coroner's verdict is death by drowning, although the body is never recovered.
While the authorities consider the matter closed, a provocative dream convinces John that his son is not dead, but stolen. With little hope and only a single clue, John sets out on a desperate search. It takes him from British Columbia to bustling Calgary where he is arrested, to the Alberta badlands where he is nearly murdered, and to the foothills of the towering Rocky Mountains where he is forced to undertake a final, perilous journey.
To find his son and save his own life, John must be more than brave and better than clever. He must have the blind faith found only in a parent in extremes.
A son cannot be lost if he remains in his father’s heart, hopes, and fears.
Phil Holland subtly evokes for listeners the full range of a tortured man’s grief, fear, and unvanquished love with his performance of Canadian radio, stage, television, and screenwriter Ron Chudley’s thriller. A father-son camping trip begins with high hopes for long-neglected bonding, but quickly turns tragic. While some consider Nate’s loss an accident, John Quarry can’t let go his shred of hope that the authorities closed their investigation too soon. That hope sends him on a perilous journey that gets him arrested, almost murdered, and, finally, to a place where he has to fatefully confront who he is as a dad.
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