Ruth's old friend Dan Golding thinks he has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever - but he needs Ruth's help. Then, Dan is killed in a fire, leaving Ruth with one clue: the tomb of the Raven King. DCI Nelson is also rediscovering the past. He meets his friend Sandy Macleod, now at Blackpool CID, who tells him there are mysterious circumstances surrounding Dan's death. A Neo-Nazi group at Dan's University has been making threats and could be involved. Many of Dan's colleagues seem fearful and have secrets to hide. Ruth is drawn into the mystery, and where she goes, so does her daughter, Kate. This time, it's not just Ruth's life at risk.… (more)
'That strain again! It had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets Stealing and giving odour! Enough, no more; Tis not so sweet now as it was before ...' —Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
For John Maxted and for Sarah and Michael Whitehead
At first he isn't even scared. (Prologue)
The phone is ringing when Ruth opens the front door.
Nelson looks as if he is about to speak, but in the end he just smiles and, with a flourish, takes Kate from his shoulders and hands her back to Ruth.