This tale of passion and intrigue is set in Bath and Bristol in 1831, the early Dickensian period when Britain was in political and social turmoil. Nathaniel Parry arrives in Bath to investigate and is drawn into deeper waters than those in the steaming baths. In the social masquerade few are what they seem.
Politicians, bankers and traders jostle for power and the greatest prizes of all are in the exotic Far East. Murder, opium and slavery, Chinese agents, the low life in Bath and Bristol Docks, not to mention the attractions of the Bath beauties, will tax his powers to the limit but he is well prepared. He’s got a pair of percussion pistols, a swordstick and his dog.