Cornwall, England. 1726.
Isaac Bailey returns home after four years at sea, expecting a welcome from his family. Instead, he finds his parents’ graves and his sister, Scarlett, waiting to be rescued from the orphanage.
Against his will, Isaac is thrust into a world of smuggling, forced into the service of wealthy syndicate boss Charles Reuben.
“Prove yourself trustworthy,” says Flora, the witch’s daughter, “and the chance for escape will come.”
But as Isaac sets about gaining Reuben’s trust, he unwittingly draws Scarlett and Flora into his dangerous world of midnight landings. And the harder he tries to pull them from the smugglers’ net, the harder they are entangled.
Find out where it all began in this short story prequel to the West Country Trilogy, set fourteen years before the events of Book One.
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Johanna Craven is an historical fiction writer, pianist and film composer. She has lived on three continents and currently divides her time between London and Melbourne. She loves ghost-hunting, cooking (and eating) and plays the Celtic fiddle very badly.
Johanna released her first novel Music from Standing Waves in 2015 before signing with Endeavour Media for her second novel The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. She is currently writing the West Country Trilogy, inspired by true events from 18th century Cornwall.