Meg O’Connor, daughter of poor Irish cottiers, eagerly anticipates her wedding to Rory Quinn. Her dreams of marriage and family vanish along with Ireland’s potato crop when Kelegeen’s inhabitants awaken one morning to find their sole source of food destroyed by blight.
At first, Meg and Rory are able to use their skills of sewing and wood carving to provide for themselves and their families. Everything changes with the arrival of tragedy and a costly mistake. With their means of survival, Meg and Rory have no choice but to turn to desperate, dangerous ventures.
As An Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger, continues to churn through Ireland, ravaging the country’s peasantry with no relief in sight, Meg is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life. What she chooses could be the salvation of the O’Connor and Quinn families or it could separate her forever from all she knows and loves.