"Simon Beckett is a writer of immense power."
Sean is on the run. We don't know why and we don't know from whom, but we do know he's abandoned his battered, blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer.
Desperate to avoid the police, he takes to the parched field only to be caught in the vicious jaws of a trap. Near unconscious from the pain and loss of blood, he is freed and taken in by two women - daughters of the owner of a rundown local farm with its ramshackle barn, blighted vineyard and the brooding lake.
And it's then that Sean's problems really start....