In the aftermath of the trial, Annie and Johnny’s relationship is out in the open and they’re finally able to enjoy the intimacy of their union. With Coates on his way out of town, it seems that nothing can now disturb the peace and closeness between them. Except that Coates is determined that his time in Jericho is not yet done. The new quarry is a huge success for Jericho. Blasting through the rock, the men discover a cavern of sandstone that will change the fortunes of the viaduct. The only problem is that Jericho’s navvies won’t go near it: superstitions abound that the mine is on cursed land, the land where the bodies of Happy Jack, Skinny and Red were buried.