Spook Johnson is overweight, greedy, sometimes cruel
and something of a bigot. But he is a formidable fighter and specialises in
hunting down dangerous witches.
Unfortunately, some of
the women he imprisons in his cellar are not
witches and this causes anger and resentment amongst the locals. Aware that his
reputation leaves much to be desired, Spook Johnson hires a scribe, to record
his own version of his exploits and thus turn him into a living legend. This
scribe is a young noviciate monk from the local Abbey, whose name is Brother
When Johnson finally
overreaches himself and is overcome by a powerful witch, Wulf sets off in
search of the only person in the whole County who might be able to help. He
travels to Chipenden to request the help of Tom Ward.
Tom Ward was once
apprenticed to John Gregory, the greatest of the County spooks. He is
well-trained and very experienced in fighting the dark. But things are not what
they seem and Tom is being led into a trap. There is a new threat from the dark
that aims to kill Tom and Alice and destroy all that they hold dear.