There's something wrong next door. At least that's what neighbors Howie Jeffries and Emily Phane both think. Since his daughter and wife moved out, Howie has been alone. Emily couldn't be more different: she's irreverent, outgoing, and seemingly well adjusted.
"I have no idea what this book is about"
Meet Burt Hecker: a mead-drinking, tunic-wearing, medieval re-enactor from upstate New York. He prefers oat gruel to French fries, because potatoes were unavailable in Europe before A.D. 1200. And, at war with the modern world, he enjoys hosting large-scale re-enactments at the Victorian bed and breakfast he calls home.
There’s something wrong next door. At least that’s what neighbours Howie Jeffries and Emily Phane both think. Howie is an accidental recluse, content with his fishing and dreams of someday sailing away on a boat. Emily couldn’t be more different: she’s irreverent, outgoing and seemingly well adjusted. But when Emily returns from college to care for her dying grandfather, Howie can’t help but notice her increasingly erratic behavior - not to mention her newfound love of nocturnal gardening.