Elizabeth Elgin's wonderful new novel combines a present-day love story with a mysterious wartime romance. It is the 1990s. Cassie Johns is a young, lively writer on the threshold of success. Driving to a fancy-dress party at Deer's Leap - an old, isolated house in the beautiful Trough of Bowland - she gives a lift to an attractive man wearing the uniform of an RAF pilot: ready for the party Cassie assumes. But in the evening there is no sign of the airman.
Despite all warnings, Cassie - hitherto rational, sceptical, a woman of her time - becomes obsessed by Jack Hunter, a pilot whose plane had crashed in 1944, but whose long-ago love for a girl at Deer's Leap makes him unable to rest in peace. The story of his wartime romance, in all its bliss and poignancy, is told with the passion.
And fifty years later, Cassie's attraction to the dead hero takes her into an unknown, war-torn era, where old passion burns and becomes entwined with new.