The fourth novel in the powerful Firebird sequence by Wales's premier storyteller
Shanni Price is a spirited, lively girl, but her tragic and poverty-stricken life has offered her little chance to enjoy herself. Then, at a moment of dreadful despair, she is given protection by lovely, wealthy Llinos Mainwaring, and goes to live with her at the famous pottery which Llinos owns in Swansea. Llinos, whose marriage to the handsome, exotic Joe has run into trouble, is glad to have this strong-minded girl as her companion, but when they both meet the dashing Dafydd Buchan, young Shanni begins to regard her employer as her rival in love.
These are troubled times in South Wales, when the charges on the toll gates are being raised and the poor people are feeling the effects. The Rebeccas, bold rebels who lead the assaults on the tollgates dressed as women, were storming the countryside. As Llinos begins to wonder whether her marriage to Joe is over, and Shanni becomes involved with the rioters, the life of the pottery is threatened as never before.
In this powerful new novel Iris Gower continues the story begun in Firebird, Dream Catcher and Sweet Rosie, set amongst the romantic china clay potteries of South Wales.