To the casual outsider, Hill Farm is a rural idyll and the perfect retreat from urban life.
Yet beneath the tranquil surface lie discontent, desire and death-watch beetles. Farmer Hayes loves the land - but hates farming. His neglected wife Isabel adores her three children, but is temperamentally unsuited to life as a wife and mother.
The Smith sisters have not spoken to one another for forty years, farm-hand Mikey dabbles in pyromania, while neighbour Mr Payne has fled the city, only to find a greater threat to his karma in the hedgerows of Middle England. And after one incendiary summer, all of their lives will be different... Originally published with the title Hill Farm