With a keen ear for the rolling echoes of history, Hazel McIntyre brings to life a vivid and unforgettable gallery of colorful characters. When career woman Mary Thompson is entrusted with the diaries of cassie O Connor, she is driven to tell her story. Cassie's story begins with her early childhood in an Ireland of famine, eviction and emigration. Following her father's death Cassie and her mother are forced to seek shelter in the workhouse rife with fever and death. Marcia Briggs, daughter of the local clergyman rescues them.They begin a new life at the rectory, were Cassie acts as unpaid servant to "the Madam" who despises her. Feeling rejected by a mother who hardly seems to notice her existence, she learns more and more on Marcia for the affection she craves.Out of the time of turmoil, confusion and exile on a famine ship to Canada, emerges a love story told with intense and sympathetic realism -'Lament in the Wind' with live long in the memory of the reader.