On the moors of North Yorkshire, American college student Caleb Winters falls in love, not only with the rolling hills of heather, but with the man who hired him for the student work program. To Caleb, Jon Cook is a mystery.
Rendered mute years earlier in the automobile accident that killed his father, Jon lives a life of secrecy. From the beginning, Caleb begins to suspect that Jon's gruff exterior hides the soul of a lonely tormented man. Suddenly taking care of Jon's sheep isn't nearly as important as drawing the older farmer out of his shell and into the land of the living.