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A group of employees of Sanctuary Medical Services are hiking across the Galician landscape, accompanying Major Callum Strachan an amputee from the war in Afghanistan and his helper Corporal Alice Jones, who was with him at the time of his accident. Their objective is to reach the city of Santiago de la Compostela and their progress is being recorded by a journalist who is issuing daily press releases, often enhanced by photographs of the corporal against her better judgement. To pass the time the reluctant pilgrims tell stories in the way of The Canterbury Tales. The stories address such modern topics as spying, hostage taking, sexual harassment, TV talent shows, the expenses scandal and more.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Working Age Adults
Violence: Minor


Geography: Spain
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: Pastoral (rural & small towns)
Time Period: 2010 - 2019

Main Character

Age: Middle-aged
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian European
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Nostalgic/Happy
Mysteries & Puzzles: None or only very minor mysteries
Pacing: Time to savor, deliberate
Physical Action: Minor and occasional action
Political/Social Commentary: Politics irrelevant to story
Romance: Significant romantic themes


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About the author


Victor Gibson is a former ship captain and technical author. He has written a number of short stories two of which have won prizes and has authored plays, addressing aspects of modern life, which have been publicly performed in Madrid where he now lives. He has also written three novels, writes film reviews at and commentates on marine events at .