Summoned to attend Mrs Drablow’s funeral in Crythin Gifford, Arthur Kipps – a young solicitor – journeys untroubled to her tall, lonely house situated on the bleached salt marsh beyond Nine Lives Causeway. He did not suspect that Eel Marsh House guarded a pitiful secret, nor did he understand – until it was too late – that the mysterious black-clad woman who inhabited its shuttered rooms would exact a terrible revenge.