Since this book was first published in 1997 I have continued to receive email asking about MacDougal. I deliberately gave him an air of mystery with some hints that he might be more than he seems. However, everything he does can be logically explained. It is only the context of his actions that sometimes make him seem more mysterious than he actually is. I decided to leave it to the reader’s imagination to decide who MacDougal might be. A ghost? An angel? A reincarnation of the heroine’s father? Or simply a loyal retainer? He is whoever you want him to be.