January, 1721. London is reeling from the effects of the greatest
financial scandal of the age - the collapse of the South Sea
Bubble. William Spandrel, a penniless mapmaker, is offered a
discharge of his debts by Sir Theodore Janssen, a director of the
South Sea Company, on one condition: he must secretly convey an
important package to Amsterdam. The package safely delivered,
Spandrel barely survives an attempt on his life, only to discover
the recipient has been murdered, and Spandrel is the prime suspect.
Spandrel quickly realises that he has become a pawn in several
people's games - British Government agents, and others, are on his
trail, believing that the mysterious package contains secrets that
could spark a revolution in England. Spandrel's only chance of
survival is to recover the package and place its contents in the
right hands. But what are the contents and whose exactly are the
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