The Shadow of Nanteos is about a family’s dream turning sour. Set in Cardiganshire in the 1750s at the beautiful mansion near Aberystwyth, the novel begins when William Powell and his wife Elizabeth unexpectedly inherit the estate.
His elder brother has died suddenly leaving no heir, though the handsome, mysterious young bailiff at the house is rumoured to be his illegitimate son. Initially, for the clergyman and his family, their new life is everything they could have wished for. But the house isn’t even finished, the estate riddled with debt and land disputes threaten the lead and silver mines. Soon the family are caught up in a violent political and legal battle that will end in tragedy.