This tale of an ancient myth entwined with country harvest celebrations is again Heath working the supernatural into the historical regency world.
We are thrust straight into the badly ended romance of Lady Anthea Wintour and Jovian Cathness, Duke of Chavanage. Something went wrong and gradually we begin to realize that there is more to the sad tale than meets the eye, rather it relates to what can only just be seen out of the corner of our eyes. There are dark doings related to both Jovian and a mysterious Sir Erebus Lethe. Anthea's new step-sister Corinna fresh from Ireland is also a large, innocent part in a sinister web of evil-tinged magic.
The tale jumps and starts quite a bit and eventually jolts into the country very unconvincingly for more dastardly deeds of a supernatural nature.