After his surreptitious return from India with his young wife, Antonia, who had contracted leprosy, Doctor Rupert Whitaker (a colonel in the British Army) locks her away in a bedroom at his estate in Devon. Driven by guilt, Doctor Whitaker takes the care of his wife to task while keeping her father and brother at bay and the knowledge of her illness from everyone. As the ghosts from his past return to torment him, and his household retainers discover the truth, Antonia decays in the darkness of her room and the house descends into disorder. While pressures build for Doctor Whitaker, he begins to fall into madness, which ultimately leads to his ghastly demise and the destruction of Whitaker Hall.
©2012 R. L. McCallum (P)2012 R. L. McCallum
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