The story opens in a British village with Daniel, a bomb-squad soldier back from Afghanistan and suffering great physical and mental trauma.

He is psychologically isolated, tormented by survivor guilt, and unable to adjust to civilian society. He also suffers pain from a wrecked knee but refuses to take his meds for fear of addiction.

(There is a gorgeous description of his eyes as “…deep mink brown and the lines of amber that specked to the centre.”)

Daniel and his concerned and compassionate doctor Sean start a tentative relationship. However, Daniel has troubling dreams of a murder from medieval times that may have something to do with a curse upon a local family, the Fitzwarrens. When a psychic helps Daniel and Sean to piece together their connection to long-ago events, they must figure out what to do in the present to help break the curse.