Many years have elapsed since Doctor John Hunston was last in England. In a bid to escape his past, he has worked the gold towns of Australia and New Zealand, practising medicine and enjoying the company of his friend Reverend Rennie. Always at the back of his mind, however, is the loss he suffered as a young man – the death of his twin brother during the Boer War.
Now, there is a new war to fight, one into which John is reluctantly drawn. Before heading for Europe to serve with the NZ Medical Corps, an old family secret is uncovered; resulting in a request he feels duty bound to honour.
In the trenches of the Western Front, John finds that simple bravery is no match for the insanity surrounding him. It is a place where a promise – though easily made – can be very hard to keep.
The Long White Cloud is a story of conflict and adversity, of faith and compassion, and of a man’s silent courage.
Above all, it is a story of love.
“Life could be cruel, but on some days and in some moments it could feel truly beautiful and eternal.”
Listen to K. K. Poole read Chapter One