In May 1900, young Tina Keith and Denis O'Neil meet for the only time on the docks of Glasgow and fall in love. They and their families are boarding ships to emigrate, he to America and she to New Zealand. The book follows both families as they settle in their new countries, and ends 38 years later with the next genera tion's couple declaring love for each other. Spanning the globe, Cairney's novel touches on almost every historical event of the times, from wars to Prohibition to the 1936 Olympics. An O'Neil or a Keith is involved in each event, and when there is no historical happening, a family crisis keeps the action moving equally well. The legions of characters are well sketched and a needed genealogical chart is provided. This overly detailed story of two very different families is pleasant reading.-- Andrea Lee Shuey, Dallas P.L.