A House divided
At the end of the Second World War Matthew Wallingham returns home, blinded and uncertain about his future, to be confronted with his family's problems. His father is ill, and his mother is obviously unhappy, while his younger brother, who has made a success of running the farm on the family's estate in the war years, is resentful that Matthew should think he can help him. The only person Matthew feels he can talk to is his grandmother, and apparently she is regarded as a holy terror by the rest of the family.
Matthew soon realises that his current plans for the future are not going to work, and he starts to look for a new career. He finds himself depending more and more on Liz, his nurse, and the focus of all his thoughts and his hopes for the future. But Liz has a shadow hanging over her that will bring a terrifying violence into the Wallingham family's life.