Fergal is helping his mother nurse a bedridden woman on a Yorkshire farm. In his free time he roams the hills and dales, and there meets a girl, Alex, sensing at once the peculiar obsession with the nearby reservoir that grips her and everyone else in the valley. As rainless heat settles over the parched land, everyone is watching the reservoir, seeing the water level fall day by day and waiting - as if something undefinable will rise from its depths. The undercurrents threaten Fergal too, with memories of his failure to help a drowning friend, and his belief that soon he will have to help Alex. This time he must not fail.
June Oldham is the prize-winning author of more than a dozen books for children and adults. She was brought up in Lincolnshire, read English at university and has two children. June has taught in colleges of further education and enjoys walking on the moors. She is married to an actor and has lived in Yorkshire for over twenty years, where many of her novels are set.