The threat of Napoleon's invasion hung over the Channel coast of England -- and each area felt itself specifically menaced but none more so than the Romney Marsh not far from And it was to this area that Blaise Everdeen, squire and sheepman, was bringing his bride, Mary. She thought she knew what was haunting him, as they approached the manorhouse -- but it took months of bitter learning before she knew it all. For she had heard nothing of Anne Campion, who had thought Blaise was hers -- and who vowed to use every means to get him back again. It is a strange story of witches -- and of the part witchcraft played in warding off peril from England's shores, as they claimed to have done when the Spaniards threatened. It is a story of possession -- and of base means employed for base ends. Mary and Blaise and Anne went through deep waters before the French threat was turned aside -- and Blaise made his final choice. Unusual in setting and mood, this has something suggestive of the eeriness of du Maurier's Rebecca.