For Rose Dunlea, the war in Germany seems very far away. Rose's enemies are words on the page that refuse to make sense. Devastated at being held back in school, Rose can only turn to her Mam's Irish Chain quilt for comfort. But when even that doesn't help, Rose desperately prays to God that she won't have to go to school any more. The next day, December 6, 1917, two ships explode in Halifax's harbour, resulting in the greatest human tragedy Canada has ever seen -- and Rose is sure it is her fault. Grief-stricken, she finds courage and inner strength from heroic stories stitiched into her great-grandmother's quilt, and begins to piece her own life back together. Ages 8-12.