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In 1911, the Grand Trunk Pacific’s eastern line is now in the midst of the Rocky Mountains and will be crossing the Alberta-British Columbia border by mid-summer.The western end of construction coming from Prince Rupert is blasting grade along theMoreIn 1911, the Grand Trunk Pacific’s eastern line is now in the midst of the Rocky Mountains and will be crossing the Alberta-British Columbia border by mid-summer.The western end of construction coming from Prince Rupert is blasting grade along the Skeena River on its way towards Hazelton. After three years of construction and nearly five million pounds of dynamite it has laid a mere hundred miles of track.Jeff Hamilton, now in Hazelton, is devastated by the marriage of Jonathan Sterling’s beautiful sister, Jessica, to Thomas Wheeler. Even Jonathan, now Jeff’s brother in-law, cannot comprehend his sister’s decision to marry Thomas and knows nothing of the secret that forced her to do so. Nor can Jonathan help Jeff out of his spiraling depression.But Jeff will find an unlikely confidante in Hazelton: Lovely Miss Lily, the Madame of Two Mile: Hazelton’s red-light district.Natalie Sterling waits anxiously in Prince Rupert for Jonathan’s return. She is pregnant and terrified that her young marriage is on the rocks. Stalked by David Drayton and feeling overwhelmed by responsibility, she is nevertheless gaining a new self-confidence that she will value for the rest of her life.Heather Hamilton is on her way to Kamloops to be with Dustin Sinclair where he is incarcerated in the Provincial Jail. Despite Jeff’s protests that he will never accept her marriage to Dustin, she has decided to take her future into her own hands.Billy Hamilton’s spring is overshadowed by disaster and his concern for his youngest sister takes him from Fort George to Kamloops to be by her side.His young girlfriend, Melody Jensen, seems unwilling to begin a relationship with him, even though their feelings are deep and mutual. And Billy wonders if there is something missing in her, or is it something within himself?The September election will mark the end of the sunny Laurier era, and for the first time there are whispers of other things: rumors of war and a dark cloud that is rising in the east.