This is much better than most of the Catherine Cookson series.
The story centres around a girl who opts to live with her young brothers and sisters in a cave, rather than enduring the horrors of the work house.
The characters are more rounded than you expect from Cookson. This leaves plenty of scope to develop major dilemmas. Each character has to make difficult choices between following their emotions or following a safer route to security. In the end, all the characters have to make compromises.
Much of the action takes place outside in idyllic settings. This reinforces the value of freedom, even if it means being homeless.
There are those who won't like the ending, but I felt that it was in keeping with the sensibilites of people in the era the story was set in.
The story does drag a little towards the end as issues start to become resolved.
I would recommend this DVD to anyone looking for thought provoking entertainment, which isn't too emotionally taxing.