Given Lives. A village. A plague. An extraordinary love.
Plague ravages the English capital, London.
Thousands are left dead.
In the Derbyshire village of Eyam, 160 miles north of the London tragedies, Kitty Allenby is settling into country life. Encouraged by her Aunt Anne and Uncle Robert, she is excited for the year ahead.
That is until a stranger arrives from London, bringing a parcel of cloth for the local tailor – cloth infested with plague-carrying fleas.
Within weeks, Eyam is under siege.
By spring 1666, drastic action is needed to contain the spread of disease. What can be done?
The Reverend William Mompesson thinks he knows. For his plan to succeed, Mompesson will need the cooperation of the whole community, including his predecessor and rival, Thomas Stanley.
Will the two men be able to put aside the deep mistrust of one another for the sake of the people they are called to serve? How will the doomed villagers respond?