Night falls. In a lonely valley called the Sink, four people prepare for a quiet evening. Then, in his orchard, Murray Jaccob sees a shadow move between the trees. Across the swamp, his neighbour Ronnie watches her lover leave and feels her baby roll inside her. On the verandah of the Stubbses' house, a dog is torn screaming from its leash by something unseen.
Nothing will ever be the same again, not least for Maurice Stubbs, left to recount the day that had been waiting for him all his life . . .