Clover and Jared - young, in love - follow their hippie dream if rural life in Circe, Vermont. But after only a year in their newly created Eden, Clover meets the mysterious, itinerant peddler, Sure Mudspell. Fascinated, Clover follows him through time into the Circe of 1815, where he leaves her. Living the arduous pioneer life she and Jared idealized, Clover discovers a new love but also nature's dark power. When 1816, the legendary year without a summer, arrives she falls prey to the superstitions of Circe's inhabitants, Only Mudspell can save her and return her to her own time.