The first installment of a page-turning trilogy set against the backdrop of the English Civil War.
September 1625: Plague-cart driver Matthew Neave is sent to pick up the corpse of a baby. Yet on the way to the plague pit, he hears a cry - the baby is alive. A plague child himself and now immune to the disease, Matthew decides to raise it as his own.
Fifteen years on, Matthew's son, Tom, is apprenticed to a printer in the city. Somebody is interested in him and is keen to turn him into a gentleman. He is even given an education. But Tom is unaware that he has a benefactor, and soon he discovers that someone else is determined to kill him.
The civil war divides families, yet Tom is divided in himself. Devil or saint? Royalist or radicalist? He is at the bottom of the social ladder yet soon finds himself within reach of a great estate - one he must give up to be with the girl he loves.
Set against the fervent political climate of the period, Plague Child is a remarkable story of discovery, identity, and an England of the past.
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- R. J. Gladden
An enjoyable listen