A historical novel set in the metal mining community of Mid Wales, charting the rite of passage of a young lead miner.
In February 1873, Owain Thomas begins his first day at Frongoch lead mine in the wild uplands of Cardiganshire.
The terraced industrial towns of the south are alien to the people in this small community in West Wales. The horse is still king and water turns the great wheels that power the machinery.
Owain’s romantic dreams of starting a man’s job are soon dashed in the cramped tunnels. He learns quickly
to carve his own path in life, aided by the Cornish miner David Treveglos. Life is hard in the close-knit mining community. People cling to the old traditions and religion for support.
Owain befriends Ceridwen Hughes, daughter of the violent, ostracised miner, Gomer. As he reaches maturity,
Owain is faced with the dilemma of protecting his family and Ceri from harm and keeping his job. When faced with danger, will the measure of the man come through and his deeds be repaid – for good or ill?