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An Echo in the Bone

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An Echo in the Bone is the seventh book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon Centered on time travelling 20th century doctor Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior husband Jamie Fraser, the books contain elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy

First published and released in the United States on September 22, 2009, the novel continues the adventures of Claire and Jamie in the 18th century, as well as their daughter, Brianna MacKenzie and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, who returned to the 20th century at the end of the previous book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes


  • 1 Plot summary
  • 2 Characters
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Plot summary

In the 20th century at Lallybroch, Brianna, Roger, Jem, and Mandy are reading letters from Claire and Jamie from the past, one of which mentions hidden gold, with a location known only to Jem William Buccleigh, Roger's Scottish ancestor, accidentally appears in their time Given his date of death on the family record, Brianna and Roger know he is unlikely to make it safely back Rob Cameron, one of Brianna's coworkers, kidnaps Jem, and appears that he has taken Jem into the past, and Roger and William travel through time to find them; but Rob appears at Brianna's home and orders her to tell Jem to disclose the location of the gold Jem is locked underground at the dam where Brianna and Rob work, finds an electric train, and starts an escape; his fate is unseen

In the past, Lord William Ellesmere actually Jamie's son but raised as Lord John Grey's stepson is involved in the American Revolution as a Redcoat, but is repeatedly embarrassed until the battle of Saratoga, wherein he distinguishes himself Arch and Murdina Bug go after the gold on Fraser's Ridge, during a confused confrontation Mrs Bug shoots Jamie when he tells her to stop, and Ian shoots her Ian feels guilty for killing Mrs Bug; Arch vows to take his revenge when Ian has 'someone worth losing' Claire, Jamie, and Ian leave their mountain home for Scotland to see Jenny, Ian, and their children, and also to recover Jamie's printing press Before they can leave America, they become involved in the Revolutionary war; Jamie accidentally shoots the hat off William's head at Saratoga A kinsman of Jamie's on the British side, Simon Fraser of Balnain, is killed, and Jamie and Claire are asked to take his body back to Scotland Before they leave a stranger tries to blackmail Jamie, but Ian kills him Claire, Jamie and Ian leave for Scotland to bury Jamie's relative and Ian leaves his dog Rollo with a Quaker woman named Rachel Hunter Jamie, Claire, and Ian reach Scotland, where Ian the elder, husband to Jamie's sister Jenny, and Jamie's best childhood friend, is dying of consumption when they arrive Ian and Jenny are ecstatic that young Ian has returned; but Jenny is hostile to Claire who is unable to cure Ian Jamie apologizes to Laoghaire his second wife for their separation Laoghaire's daughter and Jamie's adopted daughter Joan requires Laoghaire to marry her lover, a crippled servant, so that she Joan can become a nun A letter from Laoghaire's daughter Marsali reveals that her son Henri-Christian is very ill In this missive Marsali beseeches Claire's help in treating her son, Henri-Christian Claire agrees to return to America to treat Henri-Christian stipulating that Laoghaire marry her lover, stop taking alimony from Jamie, and help Joan become a nun

Claire saves Henri-Christian's life, with the help of Lord John, and saves Lord John's injured nephew Henry Lord John's niece Dottie has come to America as well, in love with Rachel's brother, a Quaker physician Denzell Hunter Claire receives a letter from Jamie that Ian has died and Jenny has decided to leave Lallybroch Word later arrives that Jamie has been lost at sea; and Claire is about to be arrested for being a spy, when Lord John insists on marrying Claire for her protection, as well as for the protection of Fergus, Marsali, and their children Arch tries to kill Rachel, but Ian fights him, until William kills Arch Jamie returns alive, with Redcoats after him, and pretends to take Lord John hostage and flees; but William realizes that Jamie is his father, flies into a rage, and storms out


Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser - Main female character around whom the series revolves Nurse/Physician Born in 1918 and married in the 20th century to professor/historian Frank Randall, Claire falls through the standing stones at Craigh na Dun in Scotland at Beltane 1 May while on a second honeymoon with Frank in 1946, and finds herself in the 18th century Scotland Highlands in 1743 She is forced to marry James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser Jamie, whom she eventually falls in love with Mother of Faith stillborn, 18th century and Brianna, foster mother of Fergus, and mother-in-law to Marsali Returned through the stones to 20th century in 1746 to protect hers and Jamie's unborn child who is then born in Boston in the 20th century Twenty years later, after Frank Randall has died, Claire discovers through Roger's research that Jamie probably didn't die at Culloden, and she returns through the standing stones to 1766 to search for him

James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser - Laird of Lallybroch Scotland and Fraser's Ridge, North Carolina Former inmate of Ardsmuir Prison Eighteenth century husband of Claire, whom he affectionately calls "Sassenach" Father of Faith stillborn - mother: Claire, Brianna mother: Claire and William Ransom mother: Geneva Dunsany, stepfather to Marsali and Joan mother: ex-wife Laoghaire, foster father to Fergus

Lord John William Grey - Retired veteran of the Rising of 1745 and Seven Years' War The former governor of Ardsmuir Prison Jamie and Claire's long-time friend Stepfather of William Ransom, brother to Harold Grey, Duke of Pardloe, and uncle to Benjamin, Henry, Adam, and Dorothea Grey

Lt Lord William Ransom - The 9th Earl of Ellsmere, stepson of Lord John Grey, and the illegitimate son of James Fraser and Geneva Dunsany Cousin to the children of Hal Grey, Duke of Pardloe, as well as the children of Jenny and Ian Murray

Ian Murray Jr - Jenny and Ian Murray's son, Jamie's nephew, and Fergus', Brianna's and William's cousin Adopted into the Mohawk, but returned to the Ridge with Rollo, his half-wolf dog

Brianna Ellen Fraser MacKenzie - Jamie and Claire's daughter born in 20th century Boston and raised by Claire and Frank Randall Arrives in the 18th century in 1769 She marries Roger and they have two children: a son, Jeremiah, known as "Jemmy" and a daughter, Amanda Claire MacKenzie Mandy Returned to the 20th century at the end of A Breath of Snow and Ashes due to baby Amanda's heart condition

Roger MacKenzie Wakefield - One-time Oxford professor and historian, folksinger, minister and Gaelic teacher Twentieth century descendant of Geillis Duncan and Dougal MacKenzie, Great-nephew and adopted son of Rev Reginald Wakefield Outlander, and Jamie and Claire's son-in-law Arrives in the 18th century in 1769 Married to Brianna and father of Jemmy and Mandy At the end of A Breath of Snow and Ashes, takes his family back to the 20th century to get medical help for baby Amanda's heart condition The family then moves to live at present-day Lallybroch, the Fraser family home

Jeremiah Alexander Ian Fraser MacKenzie - Roger and Brianna's son, born in 18th century colonial North Carolina, who like his parents, granny Claire and sister Amanda, can time travel

Fergus Claudel Fraser - Printer, one-time French pickpocket and spy Jamie and Claire's foster son First appears in Dragonfly in Amber Married to Marsali

Marsali Fraser - Laoghaire's daughter, Jamie's stepdaughter and daughter-in-law, and Claire's daughter-in-law First appears in Voyager Married to Fergus and mother to Germain, Joan, Félicite and Henri-Christian

Henri-Christian Fraser - Fergus and Marsali's youngest son, a little person

Janet "Jenny" Fraser Murray - The one time Lady of Lallybroch, 18th century, married to Ian Murray Sr Older sister of James Fraser and mother of Jamie, Maggie, Katherine, Michael, Janet, and Ian

Ian Murray, Sr - Jamie Fraser's childhood/lifetime best friend Married to Janet "Jenny" Fraser, Jamie's beloved older sister

Tom Christie - A former inmate of Ardsmuir Prison Malva's and Allan's father In love with Claire Arrives at the Ridge at the end of Fiery Cross

Denys Randall-Isaacs - The son of Alex Randall, adopted son of Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, and ancestor of Frank Randall, Claire Fraser's 20th century husband

Perseverance "Percy" Wainwright Beauchamp - English spy married into a French noble family One-time lover and later, stepbrother of Lord John Grey

Dr Denzell Hunter - Quaker physician serving in the Revolutionary American Army

Rachel Hunter - Quaker nurse assisting her brother serving in the revolutionary American Army Love interest of Ian Murray Jr

For both Ian Murrays, Senior/Junior are not used in-character, but rather Old/Young, variants thereof, or the similar Gaelic words Mor/Og


  1. ^ Reese, Jennifer November 27, 2007 "Book Review: Lord John and the Hand of Devils 2007" EWcom Entertainment Weekly Retrieved October 30, 2013 
  2. ^ Official website of Diana Gabaldon

External links

  • Official website
  • "An Outlander Family Tree Official" Random House 2014 

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