School bursar Tim and teacher Emma Verdon bought a derelict Victorian brickworks in the heart of rural Oxfordshire planning to convert it into a comfortable home for themselves and their young children. Nestling in six acres, the unlisted Engine House is nothing more than four walls and no roof. Tim and Emma enlist architect George Clarke to design a sympathetic extension. Emma gives up work to project manage the build, but living away from site and mounting planning issues put immense pressure on them, and they're forced to make some radical decisions. Meanwhile George Clarke uncovers some disturbing history about their brickworks.