In order to spend more time with her four-year-old son Ned, Clara Costello trades in her secure, well-paid job and two-seater sports car for a camper van called Winnie, and the three of them set off on a mystery tour of England. Of course, her friends and family think she¿s gone mad.
But when they arrive in Deaconsbridge, a small market town in the Peak District, Clara and Ned become drawn into the lives of the locals. Two in particular seem destined to get under Clara¿s skin: Gabriel Liberty, a cranky widower who terrifies his family; and Archie Merryman, a local dealer in second hand furniture, who possesses a heart of gold.
Then Clara finds herself having to confront a problem much closer to home, and one she had hoped she would never have to face ¿