Sir George Hackham had fourteen daughters. It sounded like the start of a fairy tale--or a bad joke.
Hollins Hill. An ancient estate in the north of England, inhabited for centuries by the Hackham family, both living and dead, and including what was generally considered a surplus of daughters. In a time when young gentlewomen have limited opportunities, the Hackham girls face the prospect of a lifetime of dusty hallways, noisy ghosts, and woods plagued by dark spirits.
Until, that is, a poet comes to Hollins Hill in search of both a magic relic and his own redemption, touching off a chain of events that leads to love, loss, and death--and leaves no one changed.