When Colin, Prill and Oliver arrive to stay in the village of Stang, they soon realise that there's something terribly wrong with the place. Prill feels something sinister in the ancient rituals of the village play. Colin knows the accidents that keep happening are something much more gruesome.
Only Oliver seems to know the truth. He understands the dark secret the village is hiding and senses that it comes from the black waters of Blake's Pit. He can even feel the terrible power of the beggar's curse . . .