Publisher: Joyce A Scott
If you’ve lost yourself, you need someone else to show you the way home.When Thomas Quinn is eight-years-old, he asks a promise of an Irish sea captain: "If ever I should become like me father will you dunk me under the water 'til I cannot breathe? Will you, sir, please?" The captain agrees. Ten years later, Thomas is a womanizer, a thief and a drunk, who remembers a promise, but doesn't know what it was about or who it was with. While flirting with a young woman in the Galway marketplace, he is accosted by her grandfather. The man is gruff with him and knows too much about him. Afraid, Thomas runs and goes on a drunken binge with his friend, Farrell. Late that night, they are knocked out by someone wielding a club. When Thomas wakes, he finds himself tied to a ship’s yardarm by his ankles and dunked over and over into Galway Bay until he cannot breathe. Only then does he learn the ...