Published Apr 2015
Martin Watts, a bookseller, is captured by the king’s men. Jane Afton’s brother Nat is taken too. They both suffer horrible treatment as prisoners-of-war.
In Oxford Castle jailer William Smith tortures, beats, starves and deprives his helpless victims. Can Jane rescue her sick brother before he dies of neglect?
Based on real events in the English Civil War, Lindsey Davis retells the grim tale of Captain Smith’s abuse of power in Oxford prison – where many died in misery, though a lucky few survived.