The Seventh Path

Author: Don Hayward

ISBN 978-1-62137-949-2 (softcover)

236 pages



A century and a half after the collapse of the global economy, the residents of the Great Lakes basin are suffering the aftermath of the industrial ‘Before Time.’ Climatic extremes are a persistent reminder of the danger of straying from the loop of life. A young girl, Annie, is given the dangerous quest to find the true light of wisdom that balances the spiritual with the scientific, struggling to preserve useful knowledge from the ‘Before Time’ in a world of growing mysticism. Only her success will lead to a future for her people. Grief and fear accompany Annie as she struggles to fulfill her responsibility. In her concern for the trend to mysticism, she is awakened to the larger threat from technology. For all of its difficulty, the seventh path only leads Annie to the impossible choice between personal safety and fulfilling her quest.



Don Hayward is the author of a previous work of fiction, After the Last Day, the precursor of The Seventh Path. Don grew up at a hydro-electric generating site on the Spanish River, surrounded by the natural world of the Canadian Shield hard rock country. Manitoulin Island was a favorite day-trip destination, and the experience of the north has influenced Don’s feeling for the natural world. During 1970–71 he backpacked and worked in Australia. Returning to Canada to study photography, Don met his wife Diane in Toronto. The family ran a small, part-time farming operation in Dufferin County as Don commuted to his job in the electrical industry. Don retired in 2008. He and Diane now live in Goderich, Ontario on Lake Huron.

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