Historian Daniel Kind is finding winter at Brackdale tough, especially as his relationship with Miranda is also going through a dark time. Far from the bright lights of London, and with renovations behind schedule, Miranda has itchy feet. The fear that she may just get up and leave isn’t far from Daniel’s thoughts. She wouldn’t be the first: years ago, the solitary Emma Beswick left her cottage and never came back, her disappearance never resolved. But someone keeps calling the local newspaper and dropping hints about her death. With the case re-opened, DCI Hannah Scarlett and Daniel discover that one person will preserve the secrets of the past, whatever the cost.