We Who Await the Dawn (103,000 words) is a historical fiction, mystery-adventure novel that slowly shades into a magical realist Narnia for grownups.
For years Grace Twomey was happy enough living between the cultures of her Irish father and Aboriginal mother, but she has grown restless. Before she can act on her wanderlust, a militia clad in clay masks ransacks her home and murders her family. Now her only choice is to flee into the unknown.
Meanwhile, Flynn Dunne witnesses the same clay-masked militia stealing away maimed and wounded soldiers during the Battle of Beersheba in World War I. He suppresses what he saw, too afraid that if he speaks the truth he’ll be considered demented. But when the clay-masked men pursue him also, he must escape to the other side of the world.
Grace and Flynn’s exiles take separate trajectories: one through St. Louis and New York City, the other through 1920’s Hollywood and into the remotest parts of the American Southwest. After years of wandering, they find each other in the Outer Banks. Sharing their stories, they slowly realize that there are ancient societies warring just beneath the surface of history, and the fight has at last broken into the open. But why do these otherworldly strangers care so much about Grace and Flynn?