A group of Irish workers stumbles across a cache of gold while tunnelling beneath a City of London street. What follows is a fast moving story, peopled with a variety of characters, the Thimbleriggers of the title. It tells how the treasure is abstracted from the tunnel and smuggled to Abu Dhabi and onwards to India for sale. The tale forms the backdrop to a blossoming romance between the leading character and the girl of his dreams.
Ultimately, the tale is one of redemption. It tells of ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. There is humour, pathos and love within this simple straightforward story, one with a beginning, a middle and an end.