Far to the West of Vinland is an essay on the Kensington Rune Stone posing as a short work of fiction. The KRS is a 200 lb stone carved with runes and dated 1362. A Swedish farmer in rural Minnesota claimed to have found it buried on his land. It is almost universally regarded as one of many archeological hoaxes common in the 1890s.
But some, especially those of Scandinavian ancestry in Minnesota, continue to believe in its authenticity. They argue that its language is such that no-one in Minnesota could have carved it, that marks on the back of the stone are from the tree roots it was wrapped in, and that the age of the carving can be determined by some vague and unverified process of comparing it to old tombstones. They argue that there is no scenario in which the stone could be a forgery, that fits the known facts.
This books offers such a scenario that is not only very plausible, but the most likely. It is entirely consistent with the evidence. Money, power and pride combined to produce a sophisticated forgery that has long shadowed the family of the farmer who agreed to “find” it.