The Rev. Merrily Watkins is the "deliverance consultant" – a euphemism for exorcist – for a diocese on the Welsh border. A Wiccan couple move into a long-deconsecrated church in a remote village, and the local fundamentalist-style Anglican priest leads a witchhunt.
The viewpoint characters are all entertaining: level-headed Merrily; her smart-alec teenager, Jane; their old codger neighbor, Gomer; and the two Wiccans, Betty and Robin. The plot is both page-turning and unhurriedly developed: the first body takes 250 pages to appear. We learn something about contemporary village life, Wales, Anglicanism, Wicca, and religious intolerance.