There comes a time when every man must settle down and find himself a wife. Pit deputy John Wilde is not exception and he throws his heart away on Elsie Hartley, the butcher’s pretty daughter. But Elsie is hiding a shameful secret: a secret that’s about to because widespread disruption in the close knit village of Annsdale.
Smarting from a cruel trick Elsie plays on him, John consoles himself with young Alice Peters. Feisty and outspoken, her passionate support for the suffragette cause is highly unpopular with many in the traditional mining community and destined to lead her and John into serious trouble.
Alice of Elsie? Only one thing is certain: winning a suitable wife is going to be far more difficult than John could ever have foreseen.