“Like a blade thrust into the warmth of his life came a dread, a shrinking from that word ‘religion,’ a chill bewilderment that men could hate each other for worshipping the same God with different words.” (p. 17)
Francis Chisholm is the only son of Alexander and Elizabeth Chisholm. His father is a fisherman and not a fanatic Catholic, while Elizabeth is a cook and a daughter of a preacher. They obviously have different social class and religion. When Francis is nine year old, he loses his parents at the same time in a tragedy. Then, he has to live with his grandparents from mother, the Glennies, who does not treat him well.