People of the Songtrail: A Novel of North America's Forgotten Past : On the shores of the American wilderness, a small group of settlers have landed, seeking freedom to worship far from the religious strife and political upheaval that plague a war-ridden Europe . . . 500 years before Columbus set sail. While it has long been known that Viking ships explored the American coast, recent archaeological evidence suggests a far more permanent settlement. It is from this evidence that archaeologists and early American history experts Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear weave their extraordinary tale. People of the Songtrail is a story of a swift and violent clash of cultures, and of extraordinary men and women who were brave enough to work for the fragile hope of peace. A story that has remained untold, until now.