The British empire was on the verge of revolution and at the centre of events are the Stuart sisters: Mary the Queen, and Anne the Queen-to-be, continually haunted by the memory of their father, James II, whom they have wronged.
1903. 19-year-old Mary Boulton, widowed by her own hand, embarks on a frantic odyssey across Idaho and Montana. The details of her sad past- an unhappy marriage, a dead child, crippling depression- emerge as she ventures into the mountains, struggling to put distance between herself and her two brothers-in-law, seeking revenge for the killing of their kin.
Two strangers arrive at Hundred Acre Field and the rumour is that a large housing estate is to be built there. While the protests and public enquiry take place, the villagers have other cause for shaking their heads when Miss Jackson falls in love and Joseph Coggs takes flight from Tyler's Row.