It is just before Christmas. An abandoned baby is found in the woods; another newborn infant is snatched from its pram. Here is another challenge for the woman police detective Joyce Agate. Neither case is easily solved. In the background, the usual assortment of Yembury folk struggle with their families and their social relationships, until, at the end of the Christmas season, Yembury once more returns to some normality. This is the fourth novel in the Yembury crime series set in a fictional Dorset village, where the affluent and the less well-off uneasily co-exist with comic and sometimes tragic outcomes.