Obadiah Demurral, vicar of the 17th Century Yorkshire parish Ravenscar, is also a sorcerer seeking to control the ultimate power of the universe. When Raphah, a young African boy, is shipwrecked on the coast during a strange storm on a cold October evening, he brings with him the power to challenge Obadiah. A chance meeting with 13-year-old Thomas, a local outcast, and fiery Kate, daughter of a drunken revenue collector, sets the three on a quest that pits them against angels and demons, witches and sorcerers. As the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, the three come face to face with the powers of darkness. Will they escape? Or will the darkness and despair cover the universe forever?
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