A bleak mid-winter has settled over the land, bringing hardship to the quiet canalside community of Knightly St John. It also brings some unexpected visitors. They include a gifted boy and a secretive stranger with a mysterious past, two outsiders from very different backgrounds, both of them arriving on the doorstep of Marnie Walker.
What bonds link the man and the boy? Why is one pursued and the other rejected? Despite Marnie's desire not to become involved in other people's lives, she is inescapably drawn in by a sequence of events beyond her control.
When tragedy strikes, Marnie is startled to find herself arrested for murder. Even the police have doubts about her involvement in the crime, but all the evidence suggests otherwise, and proving her innocence is virtually impossible.
This time, for Marnie Walker there is no way out.