Stunning novel of the life of historical figure Sir Guy de Bryan, likely model for the knight in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and the resonances in the present-day life of a young political adviser, hungry for power but avoiding her own history.
Slapton, Devon, 1372: Sir Guy harbours three sins, violations of the chivalric code he holds so dear. The first he has atoned for; he was more of a witness than perpetrator of the second; the third he cannot confess. Yet when he is called upon to lead a dangerous mission across the Alps, he finds one of his companions strangely interested in his tale. The young squire has an uncanny ability to draw out the truth…and in doing so elicits a remarkable story of rivalry, murderous deception and deep passion.
Over 600 years later, high-flying policy adviser Beth Battock is forced to return to her home village in Devon when her prized career is rocked by scandal. Prompted by a local stone carver, Beth must recognise her own history and that of her family, the thread that binds them to the de Bryans, and that the consequences of her actions cannot be divorced from what went before, in love and war.