""The twists and turns in the plot take the breath away..."
Cordelia Hemlock is mourning the loss of her young son, and lives near the small village of Gilsland, right on the Cumbria/Northumberland border. She has few friends, and one day, while in a graveyard, she meets Felicity, who lives locally. They strike up a conversation, which is interrupted by a thunderstorm. A sudden flash of lightning strikes an old laurel, which splits in two and crashes onto an old mausoleum, making it collapse. But what the two women see is not old bones, but the body of a man in a blue suit, not long dead, lying among the stones.
They head back to Felicity's house and meet a villager called Fairfax. Cordelia explains about the body, and Fairfax decides he'll drive up to the graveyard and see for himself. But he never returns. Instead his car crashes, killing him. And the body in the mausoleum has disappeared.
Cordelia and Felicity decide to investigate, but local people are uncooperative. Gradually, however, a story emerges - one involving old, dark secrets that should remain buried, involving simmering revenge, the horrors of the war years, conflict and retribution. The women are horrified with what they uncover, and soon find that they themselves are in danger.