After the death of his wife, Peter abandons his life in Toronto for one of exile in Rock Reject, a mountain-top asbestos mine in northern British Columbia. He soon witnesses the devastating effects of mining on the health of his fellow miners, the environment, and the nearby Aboriginal community. Drawn into the local miners' union and safety committee, Peter's confrontations with company officials give him the strength to come to terms with the tragic consequences of his self-centred behaviour, which led to his wife's death. Winner of the inaugural Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature. Includes sex, violence and strong language. 2012.