Jess, a teacher in London, is attacked by someone she fears knows her well. Fleeing to her sister's house in the Welsh borders to recuperate, she is disturbed by the cries of a mysterious child.
Two thousand years before, the valley below the house is the scene of a great battle between... read more
Jess is a teacher working in London. It's the start of the summer holidays, she had promised a student to attend their leaving disco and reluctantly goes through with it. While there she gets rather drunk. The next morning she wakes up to discover she has been raped, but she can't remember a... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Jess is a teacher working in London. It's the start of the summer holidays, she had promised a student to attend their leaving disco and reluctantly goes through with it. While there she gets rather drunk. The next morning she wakes up to discover she has been raped, but she can't remember a thing. She has her suspicions as to who has done it but doesn't want to involve the police as she had helped a student who had been raped and could never go through everything involved. So instead she quits her job and runs to her sister's house, Ty Bran, which is in the middle of the Welsh hills. Her sister, Steph, has gone to Rome and so Jess ends up alone in the house. It is at Ty Bran that Jess starts to dream.
Eigon is the daughter of the celebrated Briton warrior King, Caradoc. She lives with her mother, Cerys, little sister, Gwladys, and little brother, Togo. She has lived a happy life in the Welsh hills. But then the Romans came...
News reaches them that the last battle has been lost, Caradoc has fled and now they must too. They run into the woods until they can go no further, and settle into an old, rundown hut for the night. When they wake in the morning, soldiers are outside, the children escape into the woods but their mother is caught. After a while, Eigon returns to see what is happening. The soldiers have killed their slaves and are raping her mother. She is spotted by the soldiers and one of them rapes the small child, and then leaves them for dead. But then they are found by more soldiers, and they are taken back to the Roman camp. Claudius wants prisoners to parade in his triumph and the wife and daughter of the King Caradoc will be a real sight for the Romans to watch traipse along the Forum. No matter how hard the soldiers search, Eigon's little sister and brother can not be found. Claudius (a rather eccentric emperor) decided not to execute the family as Caradoc (Caratacus to the Romans) made an eloquent speech that inspired him to spare them and let them live out their days in Rome.
Jess begins to hear voices in the wood. It turns out she is in the exact place that the horrific event took place. Eigon has reached through time to tell her story to Jess, who has suffered the same horrors. Jess gets obsessed with Eigon and her story is mirrored in Jess' story. The man that had raped Eigon has scarily managed to connect to the man who raped Jess and the four become entangled in a dangerous and frightening web that crosses nearly 2000 years. Jess follows Eigon to Rome to see where she lived and research her past where Jess' friends become concerned with her obsession. But Jess can't stop until she knows Eigon's whole story, no matter what danger it places herself in.
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