In the late 18th century, in the Scottish village of Aberlevin, a man in unjustly hanged. Enraged, the townsfolk vent their anger on the clocktower, destroying the clock and calling a halt to time.
A century later, shy, gifted watchmaker William "Watchie" Leckie is commissioned to repair the now accursed clock. Driven by his growing obsession with the timepiece, Watchie unwittingly unleashes a tidal wave of hypocrisy and hostility that threatens to engulf them all . . .