What you need to know before your trail
Quoyle is a hapless journalist living and working in New York. He has rather a disastrous marriage to Petal and they have two small children. He is what you might call a lovable oaf, who gets by, one day to the next. But one day tragedy strikes and his wife is killed in a road accident. This event makes him want to change his life completely and so he returns to the land of his forefathers with his children and aunt, to the remotest corner of far-flung Newfoundland.
Newfoundland is a place of rest and relaxation compared to the bustling big apple, but it is also a place where he will have time to recover and find a new life for him and his children. He gets a job on the local paper delivering stories and the shipping news.
And his life here will turn out to be as unexpected as anything as choppy and changing as the news he reports.