In modern-day Washington, D.C., disgraced
Elizabethan scholar Henry Cavendish has been hired by the ruthless
antiquities collector Bernard Styles to find a missing letter. The
letter dates from the 1600s and was stolen by Henry's close friend,
Alonzo Wax. Now Wax is dead and Styles wants the letter back.
the letter is an object of interest to others, too. It may be the clue
to a hidden treasure; it may contain the long-sought formula for
alchemy; it most certainly will prove the existence of the group of men
whom Shakespeare dubbed the School of Night but about whom little is
known. Joining Henry in his search for the letter is Clarissa Dale, a
mysterious woman who suffers from visions that only Henry can
understand. In short order, Henry finds himself stumbling through a
secretive world of ancient perils, caught up in a deadly plot, and
ensnared in the tragic legacy of a forgotten genius.
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