In his debut book, author James Eliol Mercer tells the true story of his great grandfather and namesake, James Eliol Mercer, who died under mysterious circumstances while enroute to Harbour Grace from his home in Upper Island Cove in December 1883. His death occurred just before his 30th birthday. He left behind a pregnant wife and two little girls. The tragic story of Eliol has been told and retold throughout the community of Upper Island Cove for over 100 years. Eliol’s name has never died. To this day, it continues to be carried by family members. The present day James Eliol Mercer says he is pleased to now present to readers the true and heartbreaking story of his great grandfather.