The book is a comprehensive history of the Wedale valley in the Scottish Borders. Starting with an overview of the Votadini tribe the book explores the valley as it developed through its earliest years into the early church and the medieval period; the wars of independence saw troops travelling through the valley and the 17th century saw Covenanters and witches abound. The growth of the valley in the modern era covers improvements in agriculture and the coming of the railway. The wars of the twentieth century gave way to more peaceful times and settled ways. And the title? Well, yes, at several points an elephant did cross the valley.