1610: A Sundial in a Grave
by Mary Gentle
Synopsis of 1610: A Sundial in a Grave
Valhentin Rochefort, professional duellist and down at heels aristocrat, arranges the assassination of Henri IV, King of France. Fleeing from the consequences, he makes for England, on the way picking up two companions a young boy, Dariole, also a duellist, with whom Rochefort is sexually obsessed; and a ship wrecked 'demon'.
As the complex story unfolds, Rochefort's dreams of the future grow increasingly stranger and more contradictory. He realises he must act but, how? What is the right choice? And how much of the future will depend on what he does?