Her strange cousin DeLacy and his sinister dog are not the only cause of unease for Fern Saxby as she stands in front of Brackenroyd Hall. A young Victorian governess, she finds herself mistress of a brooding Yorkshire mansion on condition that she marry her extraordinary relative.But what part do Annot Radley, the voluptuous Regency farm girl, or Catherine, the beautiful mute accused of witchcraft in Restoration England, play in this fearful drama? Fern knows only that she has become a plaything of ancient powers and that there is little she can do to control her fate. . . .