Benedict, isolated from his home by war and famine, has to contend with traitors, spies and the weight of his own guilt if he is to secure his lands and personal freedoms for the future. Friends are working against him, but as he comes to understand, the forces which work for evil can also – by error or by accident – come to work for good.
Naomi Parkyn believes in literature as a form of prayer or play; using words to discover, explain, explore, rationalise, reduce or engage with the world. For her, writing was something she wanted very early on and decided she would never have the courage or recklessness for. It is a fair assessment of her now own character: less sensible and slightly more courageous.