When a woman is burnt to death in Grandal Field in Devon, it seems like a case of mistaken identity - until DI Wesley Peterson learns of a legend about a French woman who burnt to death in that very spot in the thirteenth century. And when he discovers that records of a previous archaeological excavation on the site have vanished, and that two archaeologists involved in that dig died in tragic circumstances, Wesley starts to investigate the possibility of a link between the legend and recent events.
But edging closer to the truth brings unexpected danger to Wesley, for the truth echoes a story of twisted love and obsession from many centuries ago - a truth that someone wants to keep hidden, whatever the cost...
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