"...amounts to an intriguing and addictive read."
Seaton is happily married and expecting shortly to take up a position as a minister in the church, something that he has desired for some years but has been prevented from doing, largely because of his own behaviour. He is still teaching at the university and two of his students cause anxiety and trouble: one is missing, feared dead and the other found having obviously been in a brawl. Seaton feels that there is something more than the obvious conclusion. The recruiting forces are in the town and pressing men to sign up to fight in what will become known as the Thirty Years War.
As Alexander investigates what has happened to the missing student he becomes aware of a mysterious figure watching him. A young woman dies and still Seaton doesn't know what is happening. As the truth slowly emerges he realises that his past has come back to haunt him. He is drawn into plots and schemes that lead to tragic events.