Harry Price has worked for years as a railway signalman in the Welsh border village of Glynmawr.
Now he has had a stroke, and his son, Matthew, a lecturer at Oxford, returns to the close-knit community that he left.
As Harry lies in silent pain in his cramped bedroom, Matthew experiences the jarring familiarity of the childhood world which, alienated, he can no longer re-enter.
Struggling with the unspoken tensions and losses that returning home has provoked, he recalls what has made him who he is.
Upstairs his deeply thoughtful father recalls his own arrival in the village, the relationships between men during the General Strike, and the social and personal changes that followed, and he struggles to articulate all that has been left unsaid.
A beautiful and moving portrait of the love between a father and son, and of the strength and resilience of a small community, Border Countryis Raymond Williams' finest novel