Retired teacher Amelia Ross befriends young Davy Gordon and he introduces her to Joshua Taylor, his grandfather. They, however, have met before….
Amelia Ross is a quiet retired teacher, the sort of person one would pass on the street and not even notice, but she has a past about which few people know or even suspect. Even now she is not as harmless as she may seem. She meets young Davy Gordon, becoming his friend and protector.
When Davy’s grandfather Joshua Taylor enters her life memories are awoken … and they are not all good. Joshua feels sure he and Amelia have met each other once, many years previously. She also remembers their long ago – and very unpleasant – encounter.
Davy’s parents are entangled with Toby Kendall, who runs both legal and illegal businesses, but he has a problem. Someone is killing off his associates, and the cops are unwilling or unable to find out who is responsible. When Kendall sets his geeky young protégé Miles, one of Amelia’s ex-pupils, to work investigating, he comes up with some unbelievable answers.