Volume four in the Tora Skammelsen crime series (a novella of around 100 pages) Tora buys her home near the North Sea, but village life does not quite live up to her expectations. Soon she develops a keen interest in the activities of her peculiar neighbour Margrethe. Why does the widow try to hide the fact that a man is living with her? Besides there is Rune, the charming sales rep at the Old Mill Inn, who all but sweeps Tora off her feet while her friend, Police Inspector Thomas Bilgren, is preoccupied with a bank robbery. The story can be read as a stand-alone, but for readers with an interest in Tora's private affairs it may be a good idea to begin with 'North Sea Cottage'.