Buried inside a cache of relics from Medieval England, the ghost of a young boy knows only that he must protect these holy treasures. But as his era recedes into history and the relics scatter hither and yon, all he can do is rage against the collectors of the last remaining object, a silver spoon. Centuries later, he encounters Donna Howard, an antique appraiser who can speak with the spirits. Donna's research has convinced her that a sixteenth century skeleton recently discovered in England is the boy's remains. Now in order to free himself from the spoon, the boy must confront his own murder.
The fourth novel in the Donna Howard mystery series again brings the past into the present, with themes of identity and choice playing out alongside the problems of messy history and tangled human relationships. Even when the crime is five hundred years old, Donna is determined to solve the case.