ALEXI MONTGOMERY had to live on -- and derive her living from -- her inheritance for a year.
A living? How could that be? she wondered. An isolated island in the middle of a vast lake off the coast of Ontario could not possibly fill her needs -- socially, monetarily, or spiritually. But the terms of the will were clear: Uncle James had sentenced her to Scottland Island for a 365-day hitch.
Alexi soon found that instead of a sentence, she had been handed a respite -- an opportunity for commitment to her neighbors, to the island's commerce, to her God. Instead of loneliness, she found love; instead of financial disaster, a successful business. And instead of a mere living -- a new life.