This twisted thriller and Gold Dagger award-winner begins in the long, hot summer of 1976. Adam, who is 19, inherits his great uncle’s mansion the ‘Wyvis Hall’ and he and his friends pass the sweltering summer there in youthful, idyllic, bliss. But when the weather finally brakes, their lives have also been broken.
Now in their thirties and the estate having been sold, human bones are found in the estates pet cemetery which date back to that long hot summer. The three men are now led to recall a series of dramatic events that involved all three of them those many years before.
During the summer of 76, Adam’s friend Rufus and Rufus’s girlfriend Mary were all living at Ecalpemos (what Adam had renamed Wyvis hall) and started a kind of community. Mary soon left, but other people joined: Shiva, an Indian who wanted to be accepted by Rufus and Adam as one of them and Vivien, a woman in search of spiritual enlightenment. But Ecalpemos might not be the enlightenment she is looking for: alcohol and drugs replace spirituality, and the presence of Zosie, a troubled young woman, spreads uneasy feelings among them all.