It’s 1865 and the Great Western Railway has spread across Cornwall, changing the face of the countryside with earthworks and viaducts. Now a new line is under construction. The invading army of navvies has many women but few wives. Considered heathens in a Christian country, they are feared by locals, ill-treated by the railway company, and a source of amusement for bored aristocratic ladies.
This is the story of two men and two women of vastly differing backgrounds drawn together by corruption, intrigue, tragedy and courage.
A professional writer for 35 years, Jane Jackson has had 27 books published. She has also taught the Art & Craft of novel writing at every level from post-grad to Ad Ed and Summer schools. Eight of her students are now traditionally published novelists. Married with children and grandchildren she has lived in Cornwall since she was two and cannot imagine living anywhere else.