Abandoned at birth, Nikki Black has spent most of her life in 'care' sustained only by fairy-stories. Incapable of love, fearful and desperate for revenge, she decides to find her birth mother, confront her... then kill her. She travels incognito to the remote Hebridean island where Phyllis now lives as a recluse with Calum, her islander son. Weeks pass and Nikki gradually awakens to the magic of the island, her beguiling brother and their shared passion for storytelling. And, all the while, her murderous paranoia intensifies...