This is a gentle, evocative mystery story about two children, Peter and Mair, who move from Wales to a small, isolated Cotswolds village where the pace of life has not changed much for hundreds of years. One day Mair's dog Tar, gets lost in the local woods and the children are forced to trespass in order to find her. In the woods they meet a young man called Goacher and come face to face with the past as they discover the secrets of Astercote, a village abandoned during the plague years.
This is a slow and dreamy book, full of beautiful descriptions of a country life that is now a distant memory. Reading it when I was a child the life that Peter and Mair live was not so very different from my own. Reading it now, their life seems as alien as the life of the village destroyed by the plague.