A gripping tale of witchcraft and romance, past and present, as Barbara Erskine's modern-day characters are caught up in a battle that has been raging for hundreds of years.
Emma Dickson has a successful city career and a flourishing relationship. So why does the advertisement for sale of "Liza's Cottage", a house she remembers from childhood holidays on the rural Essex cost, turn her well-ordered life upside down with longing?
Mike Sinclair is the new rector of Manningtree and Mistley, the tightly knit community where "Liza's Cottage" is situated. He is fascinated by the history of the parish, especially the seventeenth century, when Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins conducted his terrible work. It is his ghost that haunts the old shop in the high street, they say - or perhaps the spirits of his victims.
Emma pins her dreams on her move to Mistley. But, once there, she is haunted by nightmares, dreams of the past, of the cottage's original owner at the time of the witch-hunt. The home she wanted so desperately now seems disturbingly menacing . . .