For Anna Evesleigh, the ebullient actress, the future was looking particularly rosy.
The ruined garden at Elowen that had become an obsession was to be restored.
The irascible archaeologist, Mike Shannon, was to be a permanent feature in her life.
She knew that both would be hard work, but she was also sure they'd be worth it.
But unseen plotters are at work behind the thickly overgrown trees and bushes of the garden, and suddenly Anna's future doesn't look so bright.
Mike always fears that trouble follows when they are joined by their close friends, the estranged couple Lucy Rossington and Hugh Carey.
The others always laugh at his superstition. It is surely only coincidence that brings trouble when the four of them are together.
But coincidence is to strike again - and so is death.