The Day the Falls Stood Still begins in 1915, at the dawn of the hydroelectric era in Niagara Falls. Seventeen year-old Bess Heath has always led a life of comfort and ease as the privileged younger daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company. But when tragedy strikes the Heath family her life is transformed beyond imagining.
Salvation eventually comes in the form of Tom Cole, a working class man with an inexplicable ability to predict the whims of the river and falls. Tom’s gift culminates in a daring rescue that renders him a local hero while launching a string of events that that cast him as a threat to the power companies, endangering his future with Bess.
Steeped in the intriguing history of Niagara Falls, The Day the Falls Stood Still is a transformative love story and an absorbing account of life in Southern Ontario. Loosely based on historical events surrounding the life of Niagara’s most famous river man, William “Red” Hill, The Day the Falls Stood Still is an epic love story as rich, lush and majestic as the falls themselves.