Annie Swinburn killed a man. The killing was timely and well deserved. Francis Morton had been evil in every possible way. Annie knew that however justified her crime - only the rope and the gibbet awaited her if she remained in the slums of Hull.
She ran up river, along the wild and secretive paths of great Humber. A new and unfamiliar territory which was to lead her into a new and unfamiliar life.
Her first refuge was with Toby Linton. Well-born estranged from his father and with his brother Matt, earning a dangerous living as a smuggler. Annie led a double life, as a smuggler and as a pedlar roaming the remote countryside of the Wolds.
It was this new existence which led her, once more into allowing herself to love, in spite of all the things that had gone before.
About the Author
Valerie Wood was born in Yorkshire and now lives in a village near the east coast. She is the author of The Hungry Tide, winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction, Annie, Children of the Tide, The Romany Girl, Emily, Going Home, Rosa's Island, The Doorstep Girls, Far From Home, The Kitchen Maid and The Songbird.