Hope and Jack Langley spend their honeymoon in a Cornish cottage called Widdershins and Hope falls in love with the place. To their delight, after they return home to Gloucestershire, Hope discovers she is pregnant. When new neighbours Henrik and Mandy arrive to introduce themselves, they seem reassuringly normal despite local rumour about them: they’re Norwegian, they’re not married, they give crazy parties. Soon the two couples become close. With the birth of their second daughter, the Langleys’ happiness seems complete. But appearances can be deceptive. The challenges that eventually confront Hope are almost overwhelming, and the only place that offers refuge and peace is her beloved Widdershins.
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