For twelve generations, the inhabitants of this remote island in Newfoundland have lived and died together. Now they are facing resettlement, and each has been offered a generous compensation package to leave. But the money is offered with a proviso: everyone has to go; the government won't be responsible for one crazy coot who chooses to stay on alone. That coot is Moses Sweetland, who refuses to leave. But in the face of determined opposition from his family and friends, Sweetland is eventually swayed to sign on to the government's plan. Then a tragic accident prompts him to fake his own death and stay on the deserted island. As he manages a desperately diminishing food supply, and battles against the ravages of weather, Sweetland finds himself in the company of the vibrant ghosts of the former islanders, whose porch lights still seem to turn on at night. Bestseller. 2015.