“Wondrous…a bold, provocative piece of cinema. Rich with primitive images of earth, fire and water, drawing us into a medieval world so that we enter our own century with fresh eyes.”
Sunday Times, London
Griffin is nine years old. He’s haunted by fragments of a dream.
He envisages a journey. A celestial city, a great cathedral, and a figure roped to a steeple, about to fall….
It is Cumbria 1348, the year of the Black Death. A medieval mining village lives in fear of the advancing plague. Griffin’s older brother Connor returns from the outside world in a state of despair, until Griffin tells of his dream and reveals their only source of survival:
Make tribute to God. Place a spire on a distant cathedral. Do so before dawn or the village will be lost.
Griffin embarks on an extraordinary journey with Connor, Searle the pragmatist, Searle’s naive brother Ulf, Martin the philosopher and Arno the one-handed ferryman. In his vision together they tunnel through the paper thin earth to a new world, a fabled land of hellish extremes, unfamiliar as the distant future of the antipodes, 1988.
But Griffin has a chilling new premonition… for one of them, the journey will end.