Strange things are happening in Muriel Grayson's safe and plodding routine of eat-sleep-work-repeat! Not just strange. Unusual. Transforming. She's hearing the clarion call of adventure. Leaving her job and old name behind, she revisits a dream of becoming an archaeologist by applying to attend a summer dig in coastal Yorkshire. Led by the British poster boy for archaeology, Jack Shepherd, the dig is trying to locate a bronze age burial site. The newly named Samantha Grayson arrives on site and is immediately at odds with Jack Shepherd over the dig location. Through studying local folklore, myth and legend, Samantha's adventure becomes a personal odyssey, an obsession to find the burial site on her own. Along the way, she makes new friends and finds allies in her quest, uncovers her courage and self-belief, and undergoes emotional shifts and spiritual experiences so profound and closely entwined that she no longer sees any separation between them. And on one truly magical afternoon, amongst the sand dunes, the truth is revealed.
Susan Burton has a passionate interest in ancient history, archaeology, mythology and above all story-telling. After spending more than twenty years writing copy for other people, she has decided to write for herself, drawing on her knowledge, imagination and love of a tall tale. She lives near Hainault Forest, in the beautiful, rolling country-side of Essex, with her husband and cat.