Flame-haired Charity Delafield has grown up in a vast, isolated house – most of which she is forbidden to explore – by her strict, cold father. With only her kindly nurse, Rose, and her cat Mr Tompkins for company, she knows very little of the outside world – or of her own family’s shadowy past. What she does know is that she is NEVER to go outside unsupervised.

And she is NEVER to over-excite herself, because of the mysterious ‘condition’ that she has been told she suffers from. But Charity has a secret of her own. All her life, she has had the same strange dream – a dream of a dark corridor, hidden somewhere in the house.

Then, one day, Charity stumbles across the corridor. It leads to a door . .

. and suddenly she realises things are not quite what they seem.