A powerful story of friendship, loyalty and the devastation of the English Civil War.
Local squire Robert Haslewood is gripped by the prospect of war. Following his boyhood hero, he leaves his family and travels away from their Oxfordshire village to fight for the Parliamentarian cause.
Wise Froniga, Robert's cousin, is caught between two worlds. Divided between her Puritan family at the manor house and her relatives in the Romany community, she works to heal those in need.
Left behind with her brother, Robert's daughter Jenny grows up under the shadow of conflict. When she encounters mysterious royalist Francis Leyland, she must choose between family loyalty and her own heart.
As their lives entwine, the villagers struggle to stay true to their beliefs as war threatens to tear their community apart.
About the novels of Elizabeth Goudge there is always something of a fairy-tale - The Scotsman