The story of women living along the banks of a river where water billows from caverns of silent lakes. Among the narrators are two potters separated by centuries, a child of the Florida frontier and a woman born without legs who spends her days swimming with manatees. None of these women are famous. None of them have children. Instead, their stories exist in a mosaic of time and shadowed history, and the things of the river – clay and water, trees and bone – carry their memories forward.