An Australian novel by Chris Womersley. It's the story of Quinn Walker who returns to his small country town after the Great War in 1919. Spanish Flu is raging across Australia and people think it's the end of the world. Quinn comes home to settle something that forced him to flee 10 years earlier. He struggles with feelings of cowardice and regret. In the end he loses his faith and hope but saves Sadie, a young orphan girl in a similar incident that forced him to flee. Really enjoyed this novel.