The woods around Rochemer Hall were haunted, some said, by a dwarfish apparition of terrifying countenance. Others claimed it was old Belinda Craydon performing mad, nightmarish antics. But when Belinda (who is indeed frightening) turns up at young governess Sophie Sedgwick's bedside, it's not to harass, but to confide. And her revelations are quite disconcerting. Was the old Count's recent demise a natural one? Why had Sophie's predecessor disappeared? Just what was in store for the young ward Jonathon (a bastard son of the Count's)? Where did the newly arrived young dandy fit in? Why the peculiar attitude of the Count's legitimate son and his sickly wife? And who was the real Rochemer hag? Miss King's first gothic novel and it's fine one, particularly suited to her genteel wit and prose.