This short novel teaches us a great deal about ourselves. When Father dies, his ghost explains how the death happens, and then more or less reports on what happened as his grown children fight over his ashes. His story is tangled up in the memories of each of his three children. The novel is set in an old mansion in Christmas Cove on the Pemaquid Penninsula in Mid-Coast Maine. In addition to being a story of all of us, it is deffinitely a story of Maine.