When locked-down travel writer Nigel Richardson is looking for a travel story close to his country cottage he turns to a leading metal detectorist with an infectious passion for the hobby.
Before he knows it the mysteries of the fields are leading him on, into a world that casts the history of these isles and its people in an intriguing new light. Sifting Britain’s soil from Portsmouth to Edinburgh, Nigel yearns to lose his detectorist’s virginity by finding a ‘hammered’ coin – while learning that the search for treasure comes with a serious responsibility to our common heritage. As he immerses himself further in the world of metal detecting, exposing the shady activities of ‘nighthawks’, attending rallies and making lifelong friends, a change comes over him.
This country beneath his feet, these people who scour it for clues and tokens – they are the home he’s been looking for.