It is World War II and American soldiers stationed in rural England have made friends, especially with the local girls.
After a dance to celebrate the pressing of the apples into cider, the resentment of the local men leads to violence and a murder.
Later, a baby girl is born. Years later, Theo, a university lecturer, is approached by an American girl called Alice.
She wants to be told about her father, a GI hanged for murder in Somerset during World War II.
As a boy, Theo had been a principal witness for the prosecution. Alice persuades him to revisit the farm where Theo was evacuated, staunchly determined to discover the facts.
The horrors of the past take on a frightening immediacy when long-forgotten jealousies come to the surface and another murder is committed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/09/2014
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780751553550