As a young boy, Shanley Keagan was forced to eke out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Thanks to his Uncle Will’s drinking and belligerence, the two of them are no longer welcome to even receive the meager meals offered to the poor and hungry so it is up to Shan to provide for them. Thrilled when Uncle Will announces they are setting sail for America, Shan dreams of finding his biological father, an American sailor Shan has never met. But the voyage creates new challenges for Shan and sets in motion a series of events that will forever shape his life, relationships, and perspective. Sean settles in Brooklyn and becomes known as Tommy Capello, posing as the son of Italian immigrants.
Nearly two decades later, on a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz where a prison guard’s ten-year-old daughter, Sadie, is missing. Tommy Capello, now a convicted bank robber assigned to work as a passman tending to the Warden’s greenhouse, is the only person on the island who knows the circumstances surrounding Sadie’s disappearance. Both of their lives hinge upon Tommy’s ingenuity, skill . . . and luck.
The Edge of Lost is the story of Shan/Tommy and how loyalty, sacrifice, lies and betrayal fuel his survival and search for the home and family he has always longed for.