It is 1709, and Europe is in the midst of the coldest winter for a century. France is suffering profoundly: with her people starving and her army rattled by mutiny and desertions, King Louis XIV is at The Hague, searching for peace with the English on almost any terms. To assist these negotiations, the Duke of Marlborough sends Captain Daniel…
His name was Will Fowler, an actor in the esteemed theatrical company called Lord Westfield’s Men, a vibrant young man flushed from the success of a recent performance at The Queen’s Head theatre. So exuberant was he that he persuaded the resourceful manager of the company, Nicholas Bracewell, to quaff a pint or two at a nearby pub.
Alas, it was to be Will’s last taste of beer. A tavern brawl left him dead but not before he gasped for Nicholas to find his fast-fleeting, red-bearded murderer and administer a just revenge.
Yet finding Will’s murderer in London’s dark, crowded streets was a seemingly impossible task not to mention the fact that Lord Westfield’s Men were just commanded to appear at the court of Elizabeth I an honour one dare not refuse . . .
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