Jenny Gluckstein moves with her mother to a 300-year-old farm in Dorset, England, where she meets and befriends Tamsin Willoughby, the ghost of the original farm's owner's daughter.
This novel contains examples of:
- Calling Parents by Their Name: Jenny calls her parents Norris and Sally. When her mother remarries she calls her new step-dad Evan.
- Cats Are Magic: Mister Cat is the one who finds the ghosts in the first place, and leads Jenny to them.
- Follow the White Rabbit: Mister Cat leads Jenny to the secret room where they find the ghosts of Tamsin and Miss Sophia Brown.
- Formally Named Pet: A cat simply named Mister Cat, and another named Miss Sophia Brown.
- Ghost Amnesia: Tamsin appears to others as she remembers herself. Sometimes she remembers herself very well, right down to her crooked teeth; other times she has gaping holes in her body because she can barely remember anything. The driving force of the plot is finding out what the so-called Other One had to do with her death — which Tamsin herself has forgotten because she was so terrified of him.
- Spell My Name with a "The": The Billy Blind. Not a Billy Blind, but The Billy Blind.
- The Wild Hunt: Appears, and the question of what — or who — it is hunting is key to the plot.