'Three strange men stood behind Harry. They could have touched her if they had wanted to. "You're alone on Teddy Carnival's beach," said one, not asking a question but sounding as if he were giving her a warning.'
As the Hamiltons gather at their remote holiday beach house, Carnival's Hide, for their Christmas celebrations, the warm, chaotic family atmosphere is thrown into turmoil by the unexpected arrival of three sinister brothers. Who are they? Where are they from? Only 17- year-old Harry, the middle daughter, is close to seeing the truth. Are they truly descendants of Teddy Carnival who drowned there many years earlier, or are they merely tricksters conjured form Harry's wild imagination?
Like a midsummer night's tide, the strangers sweep through their lives. As the brothers gradually reveal their purpose, long-hidden family secrets are also unfurled, with irreversible consequences . . .