1350 After most of her family die of the plague, Serena and her brother decide that in order to survive, they will kidnap Hugh Le Gayne and hold him prisoner until he agrees to marry Serena and finance Thomas in his joining the military. The plan worked and after Thomas left, Serena married Le Gayne, a man full of hatred for her. 1809 Ten yr old, Alex Woding and his cousin, Rhys are going to spend the night at the ruins of the Le Gayne castle, even though the ruins are reputed to be haunted. But then, Alex doesn't believe in ghosts. Among the ruins of the castle, is a garden with an unusual cherry tree. Each bloom has dozens of petals, the tree appears to be very old and is blooming out of season. There is also a staircase still standing that Alex takes note of. During the night, Alex is awakened by a voice calling his name. He opens his eyes to see a rain of falling stars. He calls to Rhys and climbs the staircase to view the meteor shower. While he's at the top of the stairs, he sees the ghost and is so stunned, that he falls to the rocks below. 1832 Maiden Castle has been built on the site of the Le Gayne Castle and the owner who has had a few too many encounters with the ghost who is still in residence, and he has rented the castle to Alex Woding. Ever since the night that he saw the meteor shower, Alex has been interested in falling stars and plans to study the night sky from the top of the castle. He hires an all male staff, even though the legend says that the ghost, Serena, hates all men. Soon after Alex takes up residence, Serena starts watching him, following him everywhere, including his bath. She also starts to harass the staff with tricks, night noises, etc. The staff is soon replaced with women, except for the gardener and his grandson who care for the garden with the cherry tree. Alex is gradually becoming able to see Serena from the corner of his eye and as time passes, she becomes more and more visible to him. They fall in love and though Alex refuses to acknowledge his love for her, Serena becomes "real" a few times and they begin an affair. But, each time she uses her "powers", Serena weakens her life force. Who much time does she have left? What is the link between Serena and the cherry tree? Why, after all this time, is the tree dying? Will Alex be able to hold her here or will Serena finally be gone? What is the black shadow that is stalking Serena? This is one of the very best books that I've ever read. The characters are so well written that I can almost "see" them before my eyes, and the castle is so real that I found myself walking the halls and climbing the stairs. Laughter, tears, anger, hatred love and just some of the hottest sex scenes ever written. What more could you ask for?