An island off the Irish coast deserted but for the Druid remains at the top of a hill, an island from which the inhabitants have long since fled. To this island come S a mystical teacher and eight young followers. S. and his group turn a number of broken down cottages in the Deserted Village into roughly habitable buildings and convert the deconsecrated church into a place of meditation. And then Rosemary dies mysteriously. No one knows why, nor why S had her burned on a funeral pyre. Or was Ursula right: had she merely been in a trance? Had she been burned alive? The groups arrival has awakened long dormant malignant forces from the past, resurrected an ancient evil. The island itself begins to come alive... And it wants revenge. S and his group must confront these forces if they are to survive.