Ring of Flowers

by Brian Andrews
Release date: March 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, history, thriller

A novella.

COMPANION NOVELLA FOR: THE CALYPSO DIRECTIVE

The year is 1665, England... in the Derbyshire village of Eyam, a tailor, George Vicars orders a bolt of fabric from London to make a wedding dress for his betrothed daughter, Kathryn. To escape her fate of marrying the town’s wealthiest and most odious bachelor, she elopes with her true love, farmhand Paul Foster. Kathryn’s departure is fortuitous, because when the fabric is delivered, the parcel is infested with fleas carrying bubonic plague. First bitten and first to die, George Vicars’ misfortune becomes the community’s death sentence when the town Rector boldly imposes a quarantine on all Eyam residents. Months later, expecting a child, the newlyweds return home to find their world turned upside down. Once inside the township, they are forbidden to leave and Kathryn is forced to give birth in quarantine. Under the shadow plague, and against all odds, Will Foster’s paternal ancestor is born... with a genetic mutation that will change the world 345 years later.

This is a work of historical fiction.

(updated 2013-01-11)

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