Authored by D. B. Clifton, The Lady and the Shield is the third episode in The Last Watcher series. Heroic Philip Thomas, renamed Brother Philotheos, has joined an order of monks to fight a supernatural enemy: a demon that resides inside the uncle of a woman he loves. Acting through the uncle, the demon aims to possess the shield of Joan of Arc, meaning to use the artifact for nefarious purposes. Brother Philtheos races across exotic European locales in pursuit of the demon. He will battle again with a familiar adversary. If he fails he will lose beautiful Lena, niece of the possessed uncle, to the same occult power. Simon Prebble’s narrative showcases this tense and suspenseful globe-trotting chase.
From Istanbul to Paris to the dark countryside of Normandy, the chase is on. Philip Thomas, also known as Brother Philotheos, and his companion, Brother Marcus, pursue Roderick Stewart, a man possessed by a demonic presence and obsessed with acquiring a key legendary artifact in the ongoing struggle with the forces of the Other World.
For Philip, the pursuit is personal, as he seeks to save the man’s niece, Lena, from the darkness that has claimed her uncle. His attraction to Lena compels him onward through the night to yet another fateful encounter with an old enemy.