November 1587. A report reaches London that Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition, which has left England months before to land the first English settlers in America, has foundered. On Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, a mysterious tragedy is unfolding. Something has gone very wrong and the colony - 116 men, women and children - are in trouble. There will be no rescue. Before help can reach them, all will vanish without trace.
Were the Lost Colonists the victims of accident or of deliberate sabotage? Did they starve to death for lack of supplies or were they murdered by Indians? Their Governor, John White, admitted that they had enemies, powerful enemies who might want them dead.
This remarkable work of historical detection establishes beyond doubt that the tragedy of the Lost Colony did not begin in far away Roanoke, but within the walls of Westminster - in the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth's government. Burghley, Walsingham, Leicester, Hatton, Essex, all had reasons to want Raleigh's mission to fail. After 400 years, the riddle of England's Lost Colony is brilliantly solved.