Lily Weaver's son, Dominic, was conceived in a summer of 'hippies and free love' in idyllic Achallat in rural France. Nineteen years later, he finds he has inherited his estranged father's home, Chez Reynat, from which his mother had fled taking him as a young child back to England, hiding her secrets along with her shame. Reluctantly Lily returns to France, determined to bury the past along with Dominic's father, but is plagued by past 'ghosts'. Haunted by Achallat's legends, she becomes frustrated by the antics of her eccentric French neighbours who have their own ideas about the future of Chez Reynat..."Water Rites" is an evocative and exquisitely told story of a young woman's tormented soul. This is a captivating and hugely readable tale.