In the depths of space a little-known district harbours a terrible secret. Long known as a place of death, it claims thousands more lives as a great corporate space fleet goes to war. As the fleet screams out in fear and pain, an irresistible voice calls out to three travelers, and a macabre mind sets a deadly trap. The Doctor, Peri and Erimem face the terrors of Talderun and the wrath of a corporate empire as they struggle to understand the hideous secret of the domain of the dead, a district known in legend as Nekromanteia.
Fourteen-hundred BC. Egypt is in mourning. Pharaoh, the great God-King, is dead. The future of the Two Kingdoms of Egypt is shrouded in uncertainty as the Council of Priests debates the claim to the throne of Pharaoh's only heir. Out in the deserts around Thebes, Egypt's capital, a warlord chief is assembling an army of mercenaries, waiting for just the right moment to strike at Egypt's heart. But not all of Egypt's enemies are outside the city.
Sometimes being a time-travelling adventurer just isn't easy. For a start there's a temperamental TARDIS that lands a few thousand years off course in 17th-century Paris. But why shouldn't the Doctor, Peri and their travelling guest, Erimem, take a look around the city on the morning of King Louis' annual State Ball? As Peri becomes embroiled in a plot to kill Queen Anne and smash the unity of the Church and the Crown, the Doctor finds himself duelling musketeers on the streets.