Canadian author Norman has travelled to Nova Scotia over the decades, collecting stories, myths, and memories. He recounts the story of Marlais Quire, who travelled to New York in the 1920's to hear Joseph Conrad, talks about forerunners (eerie omens of tragedy well known to seafaring communities), and relates a folktale about a protective mythic creature. He also retraces the steps of poet Elizabeth Bishop, who lived in Nova Scotia as a child . . .