When Edmund Llewelyn, master of Abbey House, warned Hilary Carewe that ghosts inhabited his elegant home, she was incredulous at first. Then the russet-haired orphan began to sense a profound chill of evil and sorrow locked in the corridor walls of the Dorset mansion. Her fears only increased when she learned of her enigmatic host's reputation as a heartless seducer.
Slowly, Hilary realized that the sinister pattern of events that had claimed the life of Edmund's stepmother was still unfolding, as scandals from an earlier generation came to light. Was she falling in love with a wronged man? Or was a dead woman's desire driving her into a murderer's arms?