Toronto, 1856. Struggling to make a living in the New World, English apothecary J.G. Hallam has abandoned his trade for the new science of photography. But after presenting the photographs in England, Hallam’s ship and photographs are lost in a violent storm on Lake Ontario.
The shoreline of the harbour has shifted dramatically over a century and a half since, and Professor David Hollis is convinced that the sunken ship containing Hallam’s photographs lies in the landfill where the city’s new Union Arena is to be built. But his findings are met with derision from his colleagues.
Three months later, Hollis is dead, and his widow, Marianne awaits an unearthing that will vindicate her husband.