Six months have passed since archaeologist Rufus Denby met and fell in love with Archie, the vicar of Droyton Parva. Archie isn't a vicar anymore, but the good souls of Droyton can't seem to let him go! He's become their informal squire, and all is well in the village, but Archie misses Rufus, who these days is in huge demand, travelling the world in search of ancient treasures.
But Rufus is home for his first Christmas at the rectory. The reunited pair are overjoyed and longing for some time alone. It's not to be: Archie's gift for gathering waifs and strays has packed the old house to its rafters. Worse still, Rufus is on the archaeological scent for a stunning local discovery, and Archie is starting to fear that the most he'll see of his lover these holidays is his shapely backside, sticking out of a trench!
As festive chaos erupts in Droyton, will Archie be able to resist the advances of a glamorous actress who's got her eye on the handsome, charming squire? Will he even notice them? And will the contents of the Christmas stocking Rufus has prepared for him overset the village apple cart once and for all?
"A charming festive visit to our friends from the rectory. The vibe is lighthearted - but, as ever in Fox's work, there are dangers and depths not far below the glittering surface. Seven Summer Nights fans will love this winter's tale."