Several books earlier in this series of life in an English village, Bryn Fields left Turham Malpas after discovering his wife was cheating on him and almost killing the other man. Now he has a plan to take wealthy American tourists to the village and use its charm to turn a profit. Many of the villagers are unhappy to hear of the impending invasion. Meanwhile, the adopted children of the the village rector and his wife are beginning to ask questions about their birth mother. This puts the parents in an uncomfortable situation, since the babies were not a random adoption, but rather the result of the rector's marital indiscretion from ten years prior.
Quote: "I wonder if she ever thinks of them and what they're doing. It hurts me still thinking about how brave she was, but they are turning out to be terrific people, aren't they?"
This is a very good work in this series. Finally some of the most important issues, which have been brewing since the first installment, must be dealt with. How much do you reveal, how much do you hide, what do you do when your mistake hurts more people than just you? In addition to the struggles of the rector and his wife, the villagers are out in full force, taking sides for and against the tourism project, largely depending on what they have to gain economically from the venture.