Author: Ken Follett
England, 1866. Summer promises to be hot and, on a May afternoon, a young man drowns in a quarry flooded with water. The incident takes place at Windfield School, a school attended by boys from the wealthy classes, remains shrouded in mystery leading to a tragic saga of love, power and revenge that involves successive generations of a family of bankers.
The story takes place between the wealth and decadence of Victorian England, between the London City and distant colonies. The reader follows the Pilaster family during the heyday of the British Empire. Ken Follett was inspired by a real-life 19th century bankruptcy to write this extraordinary novel.