From the back cover..."Michael Paleologus, retired archaeologist and supposed descendant of the last Emperors of Byzantium, lives alone in a remote and rambling house in Cornwall. His son, Nicholas, is summoned to resolve a dispute which threatens to set his brothers and sisters against their aged and irascible father. An overly generous offer has been made for the house, but Michael refuses to sell. Only after the stalemate is tragically broken do Nick and his siblings discover why their father was bound at all costs to reject the offer....."
"An absorbing, contemporary thriller with a hint of mysticism. Highly recommended."