Donna has been running away from the horror of her childhood at Pendle House when it was a children's home, all her life. Now, twenty years later, she is ready to return and face those old demons, but arriving in Pendle Bridge she is afraid. Menacing masks and the depraved acts of the men behind them still haunt her dreams. In that time, the town has noticeably changed. Could she have left it too late to see justice served? Recently divorced, Jay Morton returns to her hometown of Pendle Bridge, with her daughter, Kate. She too, notices that the town has changed and blossomed into something brighter and more modern. But when the derelict and overgrown Pendle House is converted into a museum, Jay stumbles upon extraordinary masks with malevolent and threatening eye and is drawn into the heart of the town's dark secret. Taut, atmospheric and gripping, this is Patricia Hall at her most powerful in a novel of intrigue and suspense.