Louisa Lee Carrington. Beautiful, headstrong and wilful, and forbidden to visit the gypsies unchaperoned, she defies her father and is caught spying on their camp with far-reaching consequences.
Everand Lee Carrington, the second son. Interested in the building of canals and the study of hydrology, he struggles to find his place in an unforgiving society.
Richard Lee Carrington. First born and heir to the Carrington Estate. Troubled by arable land eroded for coal mining and canal building and the diverging interests of the estate he will inherit.
And the gypsies…
Tyler St Clair, a gypsy orphaned in a Yorkshire snow storm and raised by the Benedictine monks of Selby Abbey. As a formally educated young man unable to accept the confines of monastic life, he leaves the abbey and joins the gypsies, now camped on the Carrington Estate.
With the past coming back to haunt Fleetwood, and her children growing up and establishing their own lives, who could have foreseen the impact the gypsies would have on her family?