In 1866, tragedy strikes the exclusive Windfield School when a young student drowns in a mysterious accident. His death and its aftermath initiate a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives. From the exclusive men's clubs and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London's upper class to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world's wealth, one family is splintered by a shared legacy. But greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy's death, must be stopped, or the dreams of a nation will die. From the Paperback edition.
Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. He has since written numerous other bestselling thrillers and historical novels, including A Dangerous Fortune, The Hammer of Eden, The Third Twin, and A Place Called Freedom. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.