The coal mines of Wales were not in Carwyn’s future. The boy was smart, very smart. His mother made sure he went to an Anglican school to get the best education available. At the turn of the last century, the Edwardian Age was rapidly replacing the Victorian era with modernity. Carwyn fancied himself a modern young man with modern ideas gleaned from the books he read.
Sent to live with a benefactor after the death of his mother, the eighteen-year-old boy finds that he enjoys the solitude of tending the flock of sheep. The pastoral life gives him time to reflect on himself and his attraction to his own gender. His benefactor, Mr. Leslie, encourages the boy to accept himself and read the works of Plato and Walt Whitman as justification for his feelings.
When he receives word that his Uncle in America has died and left him a farm and a small fortune, Carwyn rescues his father, Gwilym, from the coal mines and brings Gwilym and his stepmother, Dilys to Vermont for a better life. The death of his father takes Carwyn to meet a local witch, Rhian Dyn, is not at all what she appears to be. Rhian becomes his guide in the small, rural Vermont town. A gypsy lover is not to be his, but he does find the one man to make him happy and love him.