In the remote seaside town of Addington in 1992, a wayward teenage botanist who dabbles with herbs and alchemy, lives with her stoic German father.
After an arson attack in their garden, she suspects an enigmatic middle-aged recluse living in the nearby woods. Strange and haunting events unfold after meeting her newfound sweetheart, Adam, and befriending the sidekick of the queen bee school bully who miraculously helps her put out the fire.
The herbal tinctures that she has made and kept in her greenhouse before the fire, seem to have an indirect effect on the people around her. With the help of Adam, who is a grounding and pragmatic influence in her life, she finally meets the recluse.
Seemingly supernatural events unfold after she learns that the recluse is a Holocaust survivor who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.meet the author