A historical novel set in late 19th Century Ceredigion, telling the story of a lead mining family’s progress through changing times.
1881. Owain Thomas is now an established miner at Frongoch in the hinterlands of Cardiganshire. His fortune tied to the tribute earned from the lead and zinc ore raised from the earth.
The mine is trying to survive amid competition from the New World and the miners struggle to survive with falling income. Owain and Ceri protect their family, as their children grow, but there are many trials to overcome along the way. In a time of saying farewell to old faces and welcoming new, they are helped by friends when things look their bleakest. There are, however, still many people of whom to be wary.
Can Owain overcome these troubles and will his relationship with the steadfast Ceri be the stronger or the weaker for it?