Taking a short cut beneath the ruined abbey in the centre of the historic North Yorkshire city of Eborby, a teenage girl on her way home from a night out reports stumbling across a body. She also claims to have seen a mysterious nun-like figure watching her from the shadows. But during the subsequent search, no body is found. Due to the girl’s inebriated state and troubled history, the police are sceptical of her story. Only Detective Inspector Joe Plantagenet is inclined to believe her.
Then a woman is reported missing, and Joe finds himself caught up in a complex investigation involving a production of The Devils at the local Playhouse. Could the play, with its shocking religious and sexual violence, have something to do with the woman’s disappearance? And is there really a connection with the tragic death of a young nun at the site many centuries before? As Joe is about to discover, nothing is as it first appears