Growing up in a broken and abusive home, Jude Traynor didn't have many people in his life who cared for him. When he was befriended by an eccentric elderly woman in his community, it seemed that there might be some hope for change. But the trauma of his life had marked him too deeply, and Jude lashed out in a horrifying way. Now, many years later, Jude is coming home after a stint in prison. But before he can go home, he must confront what happened all those years before. Joel Thomas Hynes's stunning exploration of guilt and remorse, of love and regret, received raves as an award-winning stage play; this is the novella that inspired the play, available in print at last. Hynes's pitch-perfect ear for voice and his remarkable sense of dramatic cadence combine to form a story of great power and ultimately great humanity. Here is Newfoundland gothic at its best.