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As the autumn shipping season draws to a close, Captain
Thomas McGrath steps ashore to help his ambitious brother
William rebuild the family sawmill. Despite Thomas’s
aversion to debt, William convinces him to borrow heavily
so they might convert their ailing, water-powered mill to
steam. While adapting to the new technology, Thomas finds
himself navigating between ax-wielding log pirates, hostile
longshoremen, and his brother’s obsession with finding his
The newly retooled mill is ramping up lumber production
when the winds of fortune turn. Thomas has set sail again
when a financial crisis hits, running the brothers afoul of
John Fitzpatrick, a crooked bank officer employed by their
lender. Fitzpatrick’s crimes push the McGrath Brothers
Lumber Company to the edge of ruin, forcing Thomas to
consider a high risk proposal if he wants to save their
livelihood and get out of debt.
Set in 1890s Michigan, A Dream of Steam is a story of
sailing ships and lumberjacks, aspirations and
disappointment, love and heartbreak, peopled by men and
women who take control of their destinies in an era of
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