Two friends walk the Camino de Santiago, unsure of what they are seeking. Without knowing it, they are on the verge of a second coming of age that may change how they move into the years ahead.
For a thousand years people have been funneling into northern Spain from all over Europe. Their goal has been Santiago de Compostela, the shrine of Saint James the Apostle. Often they sought forgiveness of sins, or miraculous recovery from illness. Whether or not they found what they were seeking, the journey became a voyage of discovery. Release from the cares and hardships of everyday life brought peace of mind and self-awareness. Modern pilgrims, too, regardless of their initial goals, gain insights about the past and present that may lead to fuller and more rewarding futures. Maybe our characters will be able to count themselves among the lucky ones.
Will they find their second wind? Will they glimpse a better future, and will they discover it in each other? Echoing the experiences of dozens of real-life peregrinos, this story weaves their tales together in a fictional narrative. Although it is not a romance, readers may find that it is a love story.
Bert Charles and Helen Morgia, the story’s main characters are wildlife biologists whose previously shared adventures were recorded in the novels Salt Marsh Slider, Orebed Lake, and Oswegatchie Green.
Seasoned walkers on the Camino, authors Russ and Peg Hall had just completed their fifth walk as the fictional Second Wind was about to see the light of day.