The year is 1842, and Christopher Robinson, a poor young man living with his family on an island just north of Scotland, has just been accused of stealing his father’s small savings. The real culprit is his brother, who has just fled their small town. As Christopher chases his brother, we encounter a world in which there is a vast difference between the haves and the have-nots, and a cast of characters seeking opportunities for better lives.
That, in a nutshell, is the basis for The Runaway’s Gold, the debut novel by New Hampshire author Emilie Christie Burack. She spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.