Author(s): R. J. Gadney
Captain Hal Stirling is flown home from Helmand Province, Afghanistan, an IED rendering him battered and broken, and scarred in more ways than one. After a brief rehabilitation at Headley Court, Hal learns that his mother is dying. He returns to Stirling Towers - his ancient, family home near the remote Scottish Border - intending to convalesce there indefinitely. But when Hal arrives it is too late. His mother has passed; and all that now remains of the household are her nurses, Sister Teresa Vale and her daughter, Francesca. In the isolated, bitterly cold house, Hal starts to see things he's sure can't be there. Although initially dismissing these as the effects of his medication, he soon makes an unsettling discovery: the two women are spiritualists, and have been conducting seances under his roof. As the winter weather increasingly cuts him off from the rest of the world, and his visions intensify, Hal starts to wonder how alone he is, and who these two women really are.
R.J. Gadney has written several television screenplays, including the award-winning Kennedy for Central TV and NBC. His adaptation of Minette Walters' novel, The Sculptress, was shown on BBC1, earning him a BAFTA nomination. He lives in London.