Song Hawkins is a young, beautiful, and tough New York businesswoman who thinks she’s found the man of her dreams in Cable Jordan, the manager of a West Virginia coal mine. But when they marry and travel to Highcoal, Cable’s Appalachian home town, Song is troubled by a people who love coal mining and mountains, can’t imagine a Sunday without church, and cling to the rough ways of their ancestors. Since she can’t live in Highcoal and he can’t live in New York, their marriage seems doomed. Then, in an astonishing turn of events, she is required to descend into Cable’s mine and wear the red helmet of a new coal miner. In the deep darkness, Song has to use everything she’s learned to save herself and the man she loves. Red Helmet is a stirring and unforgettable story of a proud people lost in the cracks of American society, told by the author born to write it.