When Kate Borrow takes a teacher's job in a Pennine village, she is unaware that she's accepting a date with destiny. Lovely Kate could hear a girl's haunting voice singing in the darkness that first eerie night she arrived in Kinning, the English village where she was to teach during WWII. Later Kate would believe she knew both the girl and the chilling secrets of this close-knit community. Perhaps her youth, or her romantic dreams about James Conrad, the brooding, handsome owner of stately Kinning Hall - misled her. But the strange disappearance of a student, the beautiful Celia Mond, would lead Kate to walk in a shadowy wood of dark passions and betrayals to discover who in Kinning was capable of a desperate desire... and who was capable of murder. A wartime love affair shadowed by the disappearance of a beautiful young girl, and concealed madness in the place where it's least expected.