The tale of the haunting of an eighteen-year-old girl by the ghost of her own mother. When her mother dies, Kate Pegler and her father bury her in a place beloved of her childhood and go to live in a cottage close by.
Encountering the ghost of her mother imprisoned in the East wing of the neighbouring great house, Fugglesham Court, a wing long since rebuilt after a fire in Elizabethan times, Kate is gradually compelled to unravel the awful story of this place. She encounters a one-eyed vagabond, the ‘Shabby Tattler’, who tells her the story of this place: of a massacre in the name of religion, of imprisonment, rape, torture and murder. It is a story that comes alive in the telling, as its victims rise up in vengeance to engulf Kate and all around her.
Drawn into a past in which she finds herself a living victim, helpless to alter the terrifying unfolding of events, Kate finds herself the unwilling medium through which they will have their revenge.