Ash's dad has returned from war, but he's far from the hero Ash was expecting. He's close to a breakdown, lost in a world of imaginary threats. Meanwhile, Ash's best friend Mark is grieving and has drifted away into his own nightmares. Ash's only escape is his lonely mountain running, training to be the stag boy in the annual Stag Chase. But dark things are stirring. Ghostly hound boys prowl the high paths, and in the shadows a wild man watches. Ash begins to wonder if the sinister stories about the Stag Chase are true. Could Mark and Dad be haunted by more than just their pasts?
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Ash's dad has just returned from war.
But he's far from the hero Ash was expecting. Dad is close to a breakdown, lost in a world of imaginary threats. And on top of this, Ash's best friend Mark is grieving, and has pushed Ash away. Left by himself, Ash has been training to be the stag boy in the annual Stag Chase, hoping to make Dad proud.
Then, during a lonely run in the mountains, Ash witnesses dark things stirring. The hound boys of old haunt his steps and he hears the death cry of a stag boy. Ash starts to wonder how much of the sinister pagan stories about the Stag Chase are true, and whether Mark and Dad are haunted by more than just the past.