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It is 1628- and Alexander Seatons happily settled life as a university teacher in Aberdeen is shattered by the arrival in town of a stranger who looks like his twin and who carries a plea for help from Alexanders dead mothers family in Ireland. The family has been placed under a poets curse- threatening death to various members. Elements of the curse have already begun to play out. Reluctantly answering the call- Alexander leaves his home and his beloved Sarah and travels to Ulster- to find himself among a family torn apart by secrets and long-buried resentments. In the course of seeking out the author of the curse- Alexander becomes deeply entangled in a conflict that involves fugitive priests- displaced poets- rebellious plotters and agents of the king. Confronted by murder within his family- he finds the lines between superstition and faith- duty and loyalty are becoming increasingly blurred- while his Scottish homeland grows ever more remote.... Please click here to ask a question
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