Grieving for his dead wife and his lost world, a retired professor flees an earthquake-ravaged city that was his home, and goes north into the mountains to live with his cousin in an Indigenous community high above a flooded fishing village of the Kwakatouh People. Here, in a refuge from climate catastrophe, the professor finds life and love again. Cedar, a gentle artist, re-awakens his soul only to later reject his friendship. He meets an English widow who teaches the children of Crying Rock and Kwanatulhay the mysteries of the English language. Over several months, she and the professor become soul mates in adventure and partners in love. But as their love deepens, she discovers the dark secrets of his past in which the ghost of a deceased wife haunts their relationship.