What if you were ordered to give away everything you own, abstain from sex and show the Tsar you will not fight in his army by burning your guns? Peter Verigan issues these deadly edicts to his Russian Doukhobor followers whose obedience is fatal. When a Cossack soldier named Anton is sent to punish these pacifists, he risks his life to save his beloved Elena instead but betrayal sees him exiled to Canada and Elena held captive in Siberia. Edicts of a Man-God shows the murderous treachery that compelled Tolstoy to rescue thousands of lives condemned to death by the Tsar. Survivors settle in Canada and Pierre Berton says Peter Verigan is one of 125 important citizens who helped shape Canada.
If not for Leo Tolstoy, my grandparents may have died in Russian exile without coming to Canada. That is how I came to be born in the heart of the prairies near Saskatoon.
I became a teacher in Toronto and later worked for the Federal government until I retired. The gripping story of the events that led thousands of Russians to become Canadians has always fascinated me. It is a riveting account that makes one wonder at the strength and courage of all those daring to make foreign shores their new home.