Benjamin is a young farm laborer, a reticent man living a solitary life. Tormented by a childhood trauma he is misunderstood and scorned by the villagers of St. Merryn, including Mary the woman he loves. His desire for Mary is tearing him apart because she loves Samuel - a man he hates.
Passionate and vital, farmers daughter Mary will never break the promise made to her dying mother, to always protect her younger sister. But a series of dreadful events leave the sisters with a dark secret that will deliver them straight to the gallows if discovered.
Benjamin finds the courage to offer Mary the protection she needs, but how far will she go to keep her secret safe? His battle with Samuel for her affections have tragic consequences and everybody's secrets and betrayals - not just Mary's - are laid bare.
Set against the untamed splendor of the Cornish coast and the timeless rhythm of farming life is a passionate story of love, loss and dark secrets.
This is an historical romance set in Regency Cornwall. It is a compelling historical novel full of information about how life was lived by the working class in the Regency era in Cornwall. It is also a beautiful story; a family saga full of romance, love, loss and secrets.