Welcome to Merrie Olde England. Notorious highwayman Samuel Shanklin is stretching his luck, while the noose of Tyburn gallows threatens to stretch his neck. But one final robbery before he hangs up his pistols puts him on a slippery path with the woman of his dreams ... who may just prove to be the stuff of nightmares. With his gang turning against him and his family unraveling like the stitches on a stolen purse, Shanklin must fight to swing the odds in his favour before he winds up swinging from the wrong end of a rope. Meanwhile, young Jack Hunter watches helplessly as his sister gradually goes insane. Charlotte speaks of seeing auras, smelling colours and tasting sounds and her obsession with Tyburn's hanging days forces Jack to seek a cure. But their dying mother only encourages her daughter’s ‘talents’ even further. Does Charlotte possess a once coveted ancient power, or is it simply the fractured mind of a fragile adolescent? As his sister creeps closer to madness, Jack must find the courage to save her before she’s lost to the darkness forever. Buy this twisted, gothic tale of blood and betrayal to discover what secrets entwine these tangled souls like the threads of a hangman's halter.