Torran loved Staghill, so different from the brilliant tropical country where she had grown up. It was a gentle landscape, a blending of soft shadows under a calmer sun.
She and her step-grandfather had lived in the cottage on the hill for 18 months. Here she felt safe, where the healing woods and the wild animals that she met reached out to her, comforting her.
But an unseen, unknown danger lurks on the slopes of the hill. Who is intent on harming Torran and her step-grandfather? Who is killing the deer, shooting the foxes and turning this sanctuary into a place of terror and pain? As tension mounts and the threats intensify, Torran, her friend Lyan and the entire village are drawn into a maelstrom of fear and mistrust that seems likely yo engulf humans and animals alike.
A celebrated writer of novels, children’s fiction and books about dog-owning and training, Joyce Stranger’s books are classics of the countryside. Her first novel, The Running Foxes, reissued by Souvenir Press in 1993, was an instant international bestseller. She died in 2007.