An Eight Hour Series
Co-produced by Gary Ungar
Hugh Hamilton, a handsome young Londoner of Anglo-Irish descent, enjoys a life of travel, ease and pleasure. He doesn’t think too hard about the financial arrangements that makes this agreeable existence possible. But all that changes when his grandfather becomes too ill to run the family estate in Ireland and Hugh is dispatched to Connemara at the height of the Great Famine.
There, he comes to understand the scope of the distress endured by his family’s tenants and his own role in perpetuating it. The decisions he makes bring him into bitter conflict with the estate’s land agents and with his own callous and cash-strapped father. But they put him in touch with the heroic in himself and imbue his life with new meaning and consequence.
His growing love for Orla Cunningham, whom he meets in Ireland, is one cause for this transformation. But Orla is entangled in a web of her own, with a brother serving the British Crown in India, another involved in political violence, and a third under her care. The events of the story launch her on an epic journey to the tenements of New York’s Lower East Side and ignite in both Hugh and Orla an abiding love that forever changes their lives.