There is an old house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall - it is large, grim and somehow foreboding. It is rumoured to be haunted. It is thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and hoping to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family. But all is not well witht he house. They hear unaccountable noises. A cellar door they shut every night is always open again in the morning. They see things that cannot be real.