By Charles Todd
Within the ruins of Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey lies the physique of a guy wrapped in a cloak, the face lined through a fuel masks. subsequent to him is a ebook on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector within the nice struggle. who's this guy, and is the research into his demise being manipulated by way of a thirst for revenge?
in the meantime, the British warfare place of work is trying to find a lacking guy in their personal, anyone whose struggle paintings was once so mystery that even Rutledge isn't instructed his actual identify or what he did.
the quest takes Rutledge to Berkshire, the place cottages as soon as outfitted to deal with lepers stand within the shadow of an exceptional white horse lower into the chalk hillside. the present population of the cottages are outcasts, too, hiding from their very own pasts. Who between them is telling the reality approximately their pals and who's twisting it?
here's a puzzle requiring all of Rutledge's bold and ability, for there are layers of lies and deception, whereas a ruthless killer is decided to carry directly to freedom at any fee. And the faded horse looming overhead serves as a reminder that demise isn't comprehensive with somebody, least of the entire males who fought within the trenches of France.