This is the story of Mammy, a midwife who practices herbal magic, and Fern, her adopted daughter and apprentice. The novel is set in a small English village circa 1960.
Eveyone loves Mammy until one of her patients dies, and she is blamed for dispensing the herbs that killed her. When Mammy ends up in the hospital, Fern has to fend for herself and try to figure out how to survive in the modern world. She teeters between the past and the present, the supernatural and the practical, while on a journey to discover where she belongs.