When the Marquess of Stafford wants to clear his land of crofters to make way for sheep, Jamie and Flora Lennox, with their baby daughter, decide to go to Nova Scotia to start a new life.
As tacksman, Jamie feels responsible for the people of his glen, and helps those who wish to go to Glasgow, either to seek work there or emigrate.
The leaving of the glen is heart-rending, and soon more disasters strike.
Can they survive in this new, raw land? Will they find happiness in their new lives?