On Mountaintop Rock
It’s 1954, in the small town of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies. Bears roam the streets tipping garbage cans, and deer eat from flowerbeds.
When Jenny and Edward meet a crusty yet endearing man named Fraser McKillop, their lives become entwined with the romance of the fur trade and the stories of Sherlock Holmes. They set out on a quest to solve a true mountain mystery. The work is fiction, but it has a basis in truth, as most good stories do. McLay’s evocative style of writing lets you take home your own piece of the Canadian Rockies.
“But today on this high plateau, when the sky is blue and the air is scented with pine, at this spot where giant fingers can walk right up, step-by-step, to the sky, maybe these mountains really are the great folded wings of the Earth, and maybe we can go back to that last Saturday of the summer. So, on this perfect morning, I let the great folded wings unfurl, and fly back to when I was a boy.”
– John McLay, On Mountaintop Rock