"love and suspense, hardship and endurance, all woven into the tragedy of the city's flood"
Louisville, Ky., January, 1937
A new year begins with the hope that the city is leaving behind the desperate days of the Depression -- until a record flood forces two-thirds of its citizens from their homes.
Miranda Kinley doesn't want to evacuate. She doesn't want to leave her home, her haven from the world. But when she is surrounded by floodwater, her husband missing, and her best friend's young daughter in her care, she may not have a choice.
Blended with humor and mystery, this dramatic tale follows a young couple -- torn between his desire for a family and her doubt that she’d make a good mother -- as their lives, and the lives of their neighbors, are forever changed by a devastating flood.
When the Ohio River receded, residents of the West End of Louisville were not immediately allowed to return to their homes. An absolute quarantine was ordered on Saturday, January 30, 1937, and, before anyone could return, all buildings, utilities, and means of waste removal had to be inspected and approved for use. The quarantined area was bound by the Ohio River to the north and west, 18th Street to the east, and Algonquin Parkway to the south. U.S. soldiers were stationed