When Sadie inherits Poet's Cottage, she sets out to discover all she can about her notorious grandmother, Pearl Tatlow. Pearl, a children's writer who scandalised 1930s Tasmania, was violently murdered in the cellar and her killer never found.
Sadie grew up with a loving version of Pearl through her mother, but her aunt Thomasina tells a different story, one of a self-obsessed, abusive and licentious woman.
As Sadie and her daughter Betty work to uncover the truth, strange events begin to occur in the cottage. And as the terrible secret in the cellar threads its way into the present day, it reveals a truth more shocking than the decades-long rumours.
Poet's Cottage is a beautiful and haunting mystery of families, bohemia, truth, creativity, lies, memory and murder.