Stephen Savard is a provost at Cobson College. His wife, Solome, has raised three children. NO WORD FOR THE SEA covers seven years in the Savard's lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. The novel is built on several layers of questioning-- What is language? What is memory? Where does the mind go when the circuits shut down? NO WORD FOR THE SEA explores the destrucive effects of Alzheimer's. It also looks at what can be salvaged from such an experience. The novel alternates between Stephen's narrative in first-person and Solome's narrative in third-person. Mark 8:36 asks, What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his soul? NO WORD FOR THE SEA asks, What if a man gained his soul but lost the world?