On a glorious summer's day in 1980, five friends stumble upon an abandoned
lakeside cottage hidden deep in the heart of the English countryside. Isolated
and rundown, it offers a retreat, somewhere they can escape from the real world.
For Kat, it's a stay of execution: living there for a year will surely give
Simon the time to fall in love with her. For Simon, the cottage is a way to
avoid his parents' expectations and his impending legal career. For all of them,
it's a chance to live the dream, with lazy summer days by the lake and intimate
winter evenings around the fire. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to
rise and when an unexpected visitor appears at their door, nothing will ever be
the same again...
Three decades later, Lila arrives at the remote cottage. Bruised from a
tragic accident and with her marriage in crisis, she finds renovating the
tumbledown house gives her a renewed sense of purpose. Little by little she
wonders about the cottage's previous inhabitants. How did they manage in such
isolation? And why did they leave in such a hurry, with their belongings still
strewn about the place and, even worse, a bullet hole evident in a kitchen beam?
Most disturbing of all, why can't she shake the feeling that someone might be