A formal, fragile, even a little faded approach to romance for the strange story of Peter Vallance, middle-aged author, and a Mrs. Bradshore. Vallance, dreaming recurrently of a strange house and a hostile, frightened woman, finds that both materialize when he goes to rent the home of Mrs. Bradshore. Ariadne, a medium whom he consults, interprets that Mrs. Bradshore had willed the contact. A letter from Mrs. Bradshore confirms this, recalls a meeting years previously which she had never forgotten, her desire to see him again, -- but after this confessional she evades him, retreats to the continent until he finally sees her again and breaks down her withdrawal. Hichens can still sustain a story, but not without considerable hanky-panky, in this case the .