Maija, her husband Paavo and her children Frederika and Dorotea have moved from the sea to Blackasen mountain because Paavo can no longer stand to fish. Almost as soon as they arrive, Frederika finds the body of Eriksson, a fellow settler. Who on the mountain might have wanted Eriksson dead? In trying to find out, Maija and Frederika risk everything. Is is really worth it?
This is a slow moving story which, although perfectly enjoyable, didn’t really have much to say for itself. The characters of the newcomers were only slightly past one dimensional at best and as for the rest of the settlers, I can hardly remember anything about them at all. I did like the story of the priest and the “old priest’s wife” and I did actually like their characters better than the main ones.
All in all though, this wasn’t a particularly memorable story and I didn’t come away holding very much opinion about it at all.