In the years following The Cull England has reverted back to the Middle Ages, ripe for invasion by the Frenchman De Falaise and his group of mercenaries. They enter through the Channel Tunnel and work their way up the country.
Ex-policeman Robert Stokes lost everything to the virus that ravaged these isles. Along with his wife and his son, it took Robert's whole reason for living. Retreating into the woods and forests near Nottingham, he has become a hunter, living off the land and avoiding any form of human contact – until now.
Pockets of survivors are attempting to build up small communities in the region, bartering at makeshift markets and forming tentative connections. But when De Falaise arrives at Nottingham – proclaiming himself the new 'Sheriff' – Robert finds himself drawn reluctantly into the fight, using the famous legend of a Hooded Man as his guide!
Paul Kane's genre journalism has appeared in such magazines as Death Ray and SFX; his award-winning short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic; and his novels include Of Darkness and Light and The Gemini Factor. As Special Publications Editor of the British Fantasy Society, Paul worked with authors like Brian Aldiss, Ramsey Campbell, Muriel Gray, Robert Silverberg and many more. Paul currently lives in Derbyshire, UK, with his wife – the author Marie O’Regan – his family, and a black cat called Mina.