It's midsummer and the annual writing workshops are about to begin at the sprawling Devon home of novelist Eleanor Lambe. A motley crew of old friends arrive to act as tutors including her former lover, the poet Frank Marwell, and his new fiancée. There's rivalry and tension in the air.
That same night, Eleanor falls from her clifftop garden and lies in hospital, damaged, silent. Her niece, Jo, arrives to sit at her bedside, confused and upset. They're saying that Eleanor jumped, her romantic and professional life in tatters, but that's not the feisty woman that Jo knew. And Eleanor's home holds too many memories for her, both good and bad. But someone knows more than they are saying and Jo is determined to find out who.