Following a skiing accident, journalist Sally Proctor is recuperating at her parents' rural Somerset home when she hears about a local man, Brian Jennings, who's been jailed for arson. His sister, convinced of his innocence, is campaigning for his release - and Sally decides to help her by conducting her own enquiries. As she starts to uncover serious discrepancies in the original investigation, Sally and her family are threatened by a series of increasingly menacing incidents. It soon becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to stop her finding out the truth.
When Dawn Stephens’ parents are killed in an accident, she is transplanted from her home in Canada to the small seaside town of Sturvendor in Somerset, to live with her uncle and aunt. She makes friends with her cousin Serena, and soon settles in well at the local school, but Dawn still feels very alone in this strange new world.