Forced to leave their native England, the Andrews family books passage to a fresh start in a distant country, only to discover a barren, inhospitable land at the end of their crossing. To seventeen-year-old Lavinia, uprooted from everything familiar, it seems a fate worse than the one they left behind. Driven by loneliness she begins a journal. Random Passage satisfies the craving for those details that headstones and history books can never give: the "real" story of our Newfoundland ancestors, of how time and chance brought them to the forbidding shores of a new found land. It is a saga of families and of individuals; of acquisitive Mary Bundle; of charming Ned whose thievery has turned his family into exiles; of mad Ida; of Thomas Hutchings, who might be an aristocrat, a holy man or a murderer; and of Lavinia-who wrote down the truth and lies about them all.
Random Passage, Morgan's first novel received excellent reviews in both local and national publications and went into a second printing in it first year. Now in its tenth printing, the book has become a Canadian best seller. A 1994 survey conducted by the Newfoundland Library Association showed Random Passage as the book most frequently recommended by readers.