It is a winter's evening in the historic university town of Cambridge at the end of the nineteenth century. In college rooms, a group of friends gathers. A fire flickers in the grate and, silently, Montague Rhodes James places a lighted candle by his chair, shuffles his papers, and begins to read... So the classic ghost stories of M. R. James were presented to the world. Canon Alberic's Scrap-book; Lost Hearts; Count Magnus; Number 13; 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'; The Mezzotint; The Ash-tree; and The Treasure of Abbot Thomas.