An Echo in the Bone

The seventh volume in the Outlander novel series. centered on time-traveling 20th century doctor Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior spouse Jamie Fraser

An Echo in the Bone is the seventh installment in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. The books feature time-traveling 20th-century doctor Claire Fraser and her 18th-century Scottish Highlander warrior spouse Jamie Fraser, including historical fiction, romance, adventure, and fantasy themes.

The novel recounts the adventures of Claire and Jamie in the 18th century, as well as their daughter, Brianna MacKenzie, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie. It was first published and released in the United States on September 22, 2009. At the end of the last novel, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, they returned to the twentieth century.

Brianna, Roger, Jem, and Mandy were reading letters from Claire and Jamie from the past in Lallybroch in the twentieth century, one of which mentioned hidden riches with a location known only to Jem. Roger’s Scottish ancestor, William Buccleigh, arrived in their time by chance. Brianna and Roger are aware that he is unlikely to return safely based on his death date on the family record. One of Brianna’s employees, Rob Cameron, kidnaps Jem and appears to have taken him back in time, prompting Roger and William to journey back in time to find them. Still, Rob shows up at Brianna’s house and tells her to tell Jem where the gold is hidden. Jem is imprisoned underground in the dam where Brianna and Rob labor, but he discovers an electric train and attempts to flee; his fate is unknown.

Lord William Ellesmere (really Jamie’s son but raised as Lord John Grey’s stepson) served as a Redcoat in the American Revolution but was frequently humiliated until the Battle of Saratoga, distinguished himself. On Fraser’s Ridge, Arch and Murdina Bug go after the gold. Mrs. Bug shoots Jamie after urging her to stop, and Ian shoots her during a confusing altercation. Ian is remorseful for killing Mrs. Bug, and Arch pledges to avenge him when Ian has “someone worth losing.” Claire, Jamie, and Ian travel to Scotland from their mountain retreat to visit Jenny, Ian, and their children and recover Jamie’s printing machine. They become entangled in the Revolutionary War before leaving America, and Jamie unintentionally shoots William’s cap off at Saratoga. A relative of Jamie’s, Simon Fraser of Balnain, is slain on the British side, and Jamie and Claire are instructed to return his body to Scotland.

A stranger tries to blackmail Jamie before they depart, but Ian murders him. Claire, Jamie, and Ian travel to Scotland to bury a relative of Jamie’s, and Ian leaves his dog Rollo with Rachel Hunter, a Quaker woman. When Jamie, Claire, and Ian arrive in Scotland, Ian, the elder, Jamie’s sister Jenny’s husband, and Jamie’s best boyhood friend, is dying of consumption. Ian and Jenny are delighted that young Ian has returned, but Jenny is enraged by Claire’s inability to heal Ian. Jamie expresses regret over his separation from Laoghaire (his second wife). Joan, Laoghaire’s daughter (and Jamie’s adopted daughter), demands that Laoghaire marry her boyfriend, a crippled servant, for her to become a nun. Marsali, Laoghaire’s daughter, writes that her son Henri-Christian is gravely ill. Marsali begs Claire’s assistance in treating him in this communication. Claire offers to return to America to treat Henri-Christian in exchange for Laoghaire marrying her boyfriend, ceasing to receive alimony from Jamie, and assisting Joan in becoming a nun.

With Lord John’s help, Claire saves Henri-life Christian’s and Lord John’s injured nephew, Henry. Lord John’s niece, Dottie has traveled to America to be with Rachel’s brother, Denzell Hunter, a Quaker physician. Jamie informs Claire that Ian has died and Jenny has decided to leave Lallybroch in a letter. Lord John insists on marrying Claire for her protection, as well as the safety of Fergus, Marsali, and their children when word arrives that Jamie has been lost at sea. Claire is about to be arrested for being a spy when Lord John insists on marrying Claire for her protection and the protection of Fergus, Marsali, and their children. Arch attempts to murder Rachel, but Ian fights him off until William kills him. Jamie reappears alive, pursued by Redcoats, and pretends to kidnap Lord John before fleeing, but William recognizes Jamie as his father, erupts in wrath, and rushes away.