In the boomtown of Eden Springs, someone is spilling the blood of children. Desperate, the sheriff calls in ex-Union scout Aaron Byrne to stop the killers. For the lawman for hire, it’s just another job–until he meets Jonah Mann, the town’s Oxford-trained astronomer-cum-schoolteacher.
Aaron never stays in one place for long, but a few stolen glances from the eccentric professor begin to test his resolve to move along once the job is done. Now a telescope, a whorehouse bathtub, and a cup of Chinese tea could change Aaron’s own stars forever.
In 1940 Quebec, Christmas Eve is a dreary affair for John. His lover, Robert, a bomber pilot, is stationed in Europe. John tries not to think about the war but is afraid to even read Robert’s last letter too often for fear the words will fade like a cheap painting left in the sun. But even the darkest of times must end, and sometimes, for Christmas, miracles can come shining through.