A roadside burial site, a ring of standing stones and the remnants of derelict mine workings are just a foretaste of what awaits young couple Mark Sheppard and Stephanie Latimer as they find themselves lost on Dartmoor on a cold late September evening. With time and the weather against them, they finally stumble upon The Moor Inn, a sanctuary of wood panelling, rough oak beams and fine ales. The pub’s claim to fame, they soon learn, is a magnificent fire that has been kept alight continuously for well over a century. But this ritual hides a dark secret, one that is hauntingly related by an eccentric old-timer who sits at their table. He draws them into a bygone world, telling of a former tenant’s family torn apart by passion, infidelity, prejudice and tragedy. At the heart of his tale lies the innkeeper’s daughter Martha, driven by unsanctioned love to a terrible act of betrayal.
But what was Martha’s fate? And what her deadly secret? As they become ever more embroiled into Dartmoor’s shady past, Mark and Stephanie are forced to confront their deepest fears, their darker selves, their relationship and their true values.
The Moor Inn Fire is a ghost story, a love story, a murder mystery, a rite of passage and, above all, a celebration of the romance and wild beauty of Dartmoor.