Summary: Sharp-witted John Donne is the quintessential Renaissance man: poet, lover, buccaneer in the London of Elizabeth I. By night he walks a hidden world, as a hunter of the Otherkind that rove the shadows.
When the Order, the secret society that employs him, suspects the Lord Keeper – a top government official – of being more than he appears, it offers John a chance to infiltrate the Keeper’s services. He accepts, hoping that the position will take him closer to revenge against the demons who, years ago, murdered his brother. Once appointed, John must serve the Lord Keeper as a secretary.
John’s search to find the Keeper’s plot takes him from the glittering world of the Elizabethan court to the squalor of the city streets. As he unearths a conspiracy– and faces growing romance with Ann, the Keeper’s niece – he fords his way through a tale of honor, masquerade, and fate.