It's 1892, and young Dr. Thomas Parks, keeping busy stitching and bandaging lumberjacks' injuries, has no idea that his worst enemy is lurking in the sleepy village of Port McKinney.
A working girl from the Clarissa Hotel is brought to the Clinic desperately ill, and Thomas' new associate wastes no time in making the diagnosis-Asian Cholera has somehow found this backwater near Puget Sound. It is soon apparent that Thomas and his clinic have neither the supplies nor the means to provide effective treatment, and in hours, they are swamped.
Thomas is driven by professional curiosity about the contagion's origins, especially when it appears that one of his own nurses is in some way responsible. Soon the battle spreads, threatening the very life of the village.
Steven F. Havill lives with his wife of 40 years, Kathleen, in New Mexico. Comes a Time for Burning is second in his Dr. Thomas Parks series of historical novels, following Race for the Dying.