Life in the Corbett family turned upside down when the first German bombs struck their well-ordered street. But life goes on through fire and destruction, life and love rising from the rubble of London and “the Blitz.”
Adam Strickland must write a scholarly monograph about the famous Docci garden in Tuscany. Dedicated to the memory of a 15th century nobleman's young wife, the garden is a mysterious world of statues, grottoes, meandering rills, and classical inscriptions. Adam comes to suspect that something sinister lies buried in the garden's strange iconography. What if Lord Docci's wife was murdered, and her memorial garden is filled with pointers to both the method and the motive of the crime?
The death of a beloved children's writer, Hoke Berglund, draws Jon Sieber into a world he cannot hope to understand - a world filled with Hoke's creations, including the vile Mr. Self Affliction who is the cruel master of this place. In a world where angels are beautiful women and the by-blows of nightmares people the mythical Forgetting Wood, Jon, heir apparent to all that Hoke created, falls for Kristen, the writer's daughter, but cannot let her secret remain secret.