This book is in perfect condition except for one thing...on the inside firsst paper page is written, "Kate Little, August 2002" <---measures about 2" by 3/4" in a light purple marker. Otherwise, It's pristine. Story takes place in 1779 when a family sets sale from the Highlands of Scotland to Cape Breton...covers that time to 200 years later. A heart-wrenching story and very brilliant descriptions of the people and the place and times. I really, really liked this book. Hope someone else will too.