As a young boy in Colonial America, Abraham Marr's life changed in a storm of violence and irrevocable choices that propelled him on a journey away from kin, comfort and old world certainties. He could not know how the consequences of his life would be felt for generations to come. Rockfish is a stirring chronicle of a Virginia family in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains still living out the repercussions of Marr's choices generations later. It is also a family history of America and a meditation among the quarreling philosophies of our national life. We see generations of Marrs and their relatives grapple with the present and the past. While the outcome of the Revolution seems to promise stability in the new republic, the issues that were not settled ultimately lead to Civil War, and Abraham Marr's grandchildren find themselves pitted against each other. The rise of new political movements at the end of the 19th century has an unexpected impact on life in the hills, and the turbulent 20th century changes everything. Rockfish is a stirring meditation on history as lived experience.