Julia is smitten with the older, Bonaventure McGinnis, who is the Bishop
of the small friary. Her desires as a woman are put in conflict with
her faith. Then, a crisis for Julia (stemming from her visions) forces
the Bishop to step in and defend her, but also confirming his love
Julia is a woman of her times, caught up in the violent events of in-clan
fighting and the northern Irish skirmishes against Queen Elizabeth I’s
troops during their fight for freedom against English rule. While living a
simple life as a nun she still can't avoid the political conflict, sexism, and
dilemmas any woman would face at that time and place in history.
The Bonnamargy Friary (present-day spelling) stands today on the
road to Cushendall. Julia’s round-stone grave is at the entrance to
the ruins of the friary. She wished it to be there so those who entered
the church would trample upon her simple grave.