It is 1911 and James Hawkes, a captain in the Royal Navy, returns to his home town in North Yorkshire, after a long spell at sea. He had anticipated a joyful reunion with his sweetheart Victoria, but much has changed while he has been away. James is shocked to find Victoria is engaged to his brother Robert, and worse news follows – she is carrying Robert’s baby. James’s faithful servant, Bill Sanders, has gone missing and consequently his estate is in desperate need of attention. James, back in the thick of village life and all its problems, finds love and support from an unlikely source.
There is trouble at the mill and, as this gripping tale unfolds with a thickening plot, a night of gambling turns into something far more serious when the stakes determine the fate of the mill and a fire breaks out causing havoc, threatening the lives and livelihoods of many.
As the events of a fateful court case unravel, lives are turned upside down forever…
“An epic tale of deceit, betrayal, love, and a lifelong feud between the Hawkes brothers. An incredible story packed with drama that will have you gripped right to the very end!” Review from Bestsellers.