Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.


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She remembered how he used to swing her around and carry her on his broad shoulders when she was only six. Jessie loved her father and was missing him already.



 Richard Shaw was early he came to pick Ruby up.  It was her mother went to the door. She saw him coming up the path carrying two pheasants and two rabbits from the window. She opened the door and answered it.

“Hello Mrs White,’ do you like pheasant and rabbit?

“Hello, and yes I do. “It has been a while since I ate pheasant mind you.; would you like to come in; Ruby wont be long, she’s been getting ready for  over an hour now; I don’t know what she’s doing up there.’ Betty White took the game from Richard and asked him to come through to the scullery where he could wash his hands.

He was wearing a cream coloured Arran Jumper and his brown suede coat a pair of grey slacks and brown suede shoes.

There was another knock at the door and Mrs White excused herself and went to answer it.

“It was her other daughter Connie, “I was just passing and I thought I’d drop in mam.’

“Whose is the car outside?’

“Its mine said the tall Welshman.’

Walking in she saw Richard who immediately stood up. “You must be Connie; Ruby has told me so much about you I’m Richard Shaw.’ They shook hands briefly before Connie answered.

“All good I hope said Connie who was wondering how her sister had met such a handsome looking man.

“Oh yes your sister is quite proud of you.’

“You’re definitely not from around here then said Connie politely.’

“He’s from Wales Connie and a writer to boot.’

“What do you write?’

“I write historical fiction.’

“What brings you to the North East then Richard?’

“Actually I live in Crook in County Durham.’ I studied Literature at Durham University and decided to stay.’

“He has a cottage in the country haven’t you?’

“Well,’ it’s not mine; I rent it Mrs White.’

“Do you make a lot from your writing Richard?

“Well, I’m not rich but it keeps the wolves from the door.’

“I also write a column for a local newspaper which pays my bills.’

“I will have to look out for you then.’

“Would you like a cup of tea Richard asked Rubies mother?’ It was the first time that she had addressed him by his first name. He looked around the room at the simple furnishings before accepting the offer of tea. Richard knew that Ruby had come from humble beginnings by the décor. The old furnishing and the flowered wallpaper that had turned brown in places told him a story. There were some polished brass ornaments an old grandfather clock and a table by the window with some flowers inside.

Two large leather chairs with brown cracked leather were placed by the fireside and the sofa had a throw over it just like his mothers.

Betty White brought in a tray with tea and some ginger home made biscuits. She pulled up the small coffee table and poured out the drinks in her best China as Ruby came down wearing a blue dress with a brooch. She had pinned her hair up from her 

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