The Story So Far
AT forty-three, MORWENNA NANKERRIS didn’t expect to be pregnant, and bed rest is prescribed. To pass the time she tells JENNA GOSS, resident in the house to comply with a family will, to read to her as daughter LAMORNA is reluctant to do so. Jenna, a country girl, can’t read, so Morwenna teaches her.
Jenna’s sweetheart, GARREN, unbeknownst to her has been working in the stores at Wheal Daniel, the clay mine managed by JAGO and ARTHEK Nankerris.
After stumbling on secretive behaviour of Arthek, Garren is demoted to kettle boy, but when then when Garren saves Arthek’s life he is rewarded with his old job.
Barred from the Nankerris home, one day he sees Jenna at the mine. Her finery underlines the difference between them now . . .
Jenna’s father, THOMAS, goldmining in America, has met a Cherokee girl, AHYOKA. The death of her grandfather leaves Ahyoka in danger from the militia who are forcing the natives from their land. Thomas proposes to her, pointing out that as his wife she will be under his protection, and she accepts.
Jenna is homesick but has been denied permission to visit in case the terms of the will are compromised. She and Lamorna devise a plan – they will tell the household Jenna is sick and she’ll slip away in the middle of the night . . .