The sweeping and compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. `Dark, brutal, moving, powerful' Jane Harris `A wonderful book; rich, evocative, original. I loved it' Joanne Harris In 1830s Ohio, the Goodenough family barely scratch out a living in the inhospitable Black Swamp. Robert and his sister Martha must watch as their parents' marriage is torn apart by disputes over whether to grow sweet apples to eat or sour apples for cider and applejack. One particularly vicious fight sends Robert out alone across America, far from his sister, into a life dominated not by apple trees but by the mighty redwoods and sequoias of California.