the novel

2002.  Waking up naked next to a man she barely knows, after a night out of which she has no recollection, Nastasha realises she has lost something she can never recover.  And it’s not just her shoes.  Running away, she ends up following the old pilgrim’s road from Arles to Santiago de Compostela, a 1,500 kilometre walk.  But while walking helps her forget, she is troubled by disturbing dreams that seem to predict the future, and frightening visions of a boy crossing her path, in an apocalyptic landscape, in another time.

1348.  First to come down with the plague, Dominic survives to find himself alone.  Nowhere to go, he stays on to help at the infirmary in Avignon, where he feels increasingly lost and lonely.  Blaming himself for his father’s death, he sets off to Santiago, where his mother abandoned him at birth 13 years ago, in the hope of finding out who she was, who he is, and where he belongs. 

What starts off as a vague distraction for both, becomes a pilgrimage to their very soul, that will change the way they see the world and themselves.  Though centuries apart, they share more than the unusual choice to go barefoot.  More, in fact, than they may wish to find out...

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© 2010, Marco Peel

1,500 km barefoot to Santiago de Compostela