Six months after the accidental death of her lover, a bout with pneumonia, and being diagnosed with diabetes, Summer Stanway of Massachusetts, visits her only close relative, her sister Chrissie, who lives in England. Chrissie's husband Andrew is a hypno-therapist, and, thinking to humor the recuperating Summer, he agrees to try hypnosis.
Summer finds herself in 1807 as Olivia Courtenay, a young widow, meeting a friend of her former husband at the Black Lion Inn at Tetbury. She is energized with good health and exhilaration, especially after a late-arriving gentleman climbs down from his obviously expensive carriage. He is the very image of her late lover, Jack.
But just then, Andrew brings her back to the present. Arrgghh! After begging for one more attempt later that night, Summer places a tape recorder under the sofa, and later, in the middle of the night, tries Andrew's methods for herself.
Two hours of mad, passionate love with the mysterious Brand convince Summer she must journey again and again to the past, where she finds family and and mystery, too. But when the batteries go dead in the tape recorder, Summer is flung into a coma, and begins to do some serious thinking. One more trip to the past helps her decide the path she must take. I'd probably do the same, and I'll bet you would, too.