Essentially this is a ghost story. Maurice Allington, 53, is the owner of a pub/hotel called The Green Man. Known to be haunted, we get our first ghostly vision – the figure of a woman – in the first few chapters. But Maurice eventually makes contact with a sinister ghoul called Thomas Underhill who worked black magic to extend his life beyond death. First, Maurice is intrigued. He seems to be discontented with his own life – he ignores his strangely wise teenage daughter Amy, spends little time with his new young wife Joyce, and mostly spends his time plotting to get Joyce to agree to a threesome with yet another hot young blonde.
When Maurice researches his ghost – he finds out Underhill had some pretty ghastly tastes in life. This, and a conversation with a rather laid-back and not entirely spiritual ‘God’ (who appears for a chat with Maurice) convince Maurice to act against Underhill and his Green Man – a nightmarish monster made of sticks and leaves and so forth.
It’s all tied up neatly in the end, and there is certainly enough tension and suspense to keep a reader interested until the end.