The year is 1968, and Claire has just discovered, with the help of Roger Wakefield, that her husband Jamie Fraser may not have died at the Battle of Culloden, an assumption she has held for twenty years. As Claire, her daughter Brianna, and Roger track Jamie through the historical record, Claire is torn between her duty as a mother and her desire to return to Jamie. For his part, Jamie finds himself not well pleased that the British refused to kill him after the failed Rising, and must instead find his own way forward, his wife gone and his country devastated by war and famine. After twenty years apart, Claire casts herself through the mysterious stone circle once more and travels back to the 18th century to find Jamie, unsure of exactly what or who she will find when she does.
Timeline of Significant EventsEdit
- May 2: Roger MacKenzie reveals what he has discovered about Jamie's fate – that is, Roger believes he has found evidence that Jamie did not die at Culloden – and Claire gives him permission to continue searching for Jamie in the historical record.
- June 2: In the wee hours of the morning, Claire finds a document placing Jamie at Ardsmuir Prison.
- August: Claire, Roger and Brianna visit Loch Ness
- September: Claire returns to Boston and resigns her position at the hospital, visits Joe Abernathy, settles her accounts for Brianna with regard to her money and the house in Furey Street, and takes her leave of the place, her memories of life with Frank, and the luxuries of the twentieth century.
- October: Claire returns to Scotland and makes preparations to go through the stones at Craigh na Dun. She leaves on the eve of Samhain, October 31.
- Point of view guide – A chapter-by-chapter breakdown of character points of view. Includes dates for chapters when noted.