Ruth Duchamp leaves New York in order to find a way to come to terms with a future she she fears. She
and her husband Alex married not so much in haste as with too little self-knowledge. Attractive without being conventionally
pretty, red-haired Ruth is a product of the rock-bound coast of Maine with all that implies. Alex, an orphan from a small
Quebec town, is so handsome he turns heads wherever he goes. Reared by a simple couple who adopt him, he has always felt
out of place. After meeting her in New York, Alex is intrigued by Ruth's differences from other women he has known, and
she is drawn by his extraordinary looks and air of mystery. Over the years, disappointments and unrealized hopes make
Alex vulnerable to a predatory woman.
Ruth refuses to give him a divorce.
Read how the two
learn to settle their differences, settle for the best life has to offer, and to settle down.
Maiden Run is a story about what home can mean
to those fortunate enough to have spent their early lives in a place with a family history. It opens when the three Adams
children face the fateful summer when Maiden Run seems besieged. The echoes of the that summer sound in each of their lives
thereafter. The theme of what is so often lost to "progress" runs through the story the way Maiden Run flows through the farm.
Finally, the Adams children must deal wach in his or her own way with how to continue without the place, and we are reminded
of how deep some roots grow.