The Witch & The Skeptic Danny Butler is an ex-graduate and long-standing member of the Oxford Skeptics Group. Ellie Hamilton joins the group, and Danny falls for her. A relationship follows, and eventually he asks to meet her mother, but Ellie is reluctant. She has joined the group to escape the influence of her mother, Agnes, who lives in a cottage in Wytham Wood, on the outskirts of town. Eventually Ellie agrees, but she warns him that her mother is ‘different’. Danny has his own family issues – a medicated mother, an embarrassing uncle and a flatulent dog – and so he is not put off by this. But Agnes proves to be much more ‘different’ than anyone he has ever met before.