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.
Louisville, Ky., January, 1937
"love and suspense, hardship and endurance, all woven into the tragedy of the city's flood"
In 1937, Louisvillians had a choice of four stations they could pick up on their radios. Two local, WHAS and WAVE, and two out-of-town, WSM in Nashville and WLW in Cincinnati. The stations signed on at 6am and signed off at midnight.
The morning might start with Grand Ole Opry stars like The Delmore Brothers or hillbilly musicians like the Hank Keene Radio Gang. Or with Dr. John Holland's Morning Devotion or B.R. Lakin's Family Prayer Period.
Throughout the day, a person could listen to music shows, serial dramas sponsored by soap companies (the forerunner of soap operas), and talk shows such as The Farm and Home Hour. The evening would be filled with variety shows, comedies, and dramas.
During the 1937 Flood, radio programming quickly became replaced by news reports and advisories. When the floodwater overwhelmed power plants and threatened to end radio reporting, WSM generously offered to broadcast WHAS's coverage and did so via a single telephone line.
Louisvillians had to be resourceful during the flood. Without electricity to power the radios in their homes, they turned to their automobiles for a radio with the latest news.