The sea roars dismally round the shores of Inverara. Tortured by the chaos of his shell-shocked mind, a Stranger takes a room on the island. Here lives Red John, scavenger of wreckage, with his beautiful wife Mary, pirate blood in her veins. Unlit by sensuality, suffused by hate, the couple's married years have been stifling...until the presence of the Stranger unleashes their passions...
For as spring softens the wild beauty of Inverara, its light stirs the depths of the Stranger's black soul. Shedding his philosophy of anguish and hate, banishing the war ghouls that have stalked his dreams, the Stranger becomes conscious of the dark-haired Mary – how summer makes her shiver with life. He is the first man she has ever loved, and she thrills with sexual awakening. But with autumn comes a sense of catastrophe. The peasants mutter superstition against Mary; Red John laughs at nothing, there's murder in his eyes; and the Stranger fears he'll lose his mind – till he's hurled back to sanity by a madman's yell...
Original title: The Black Soul
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction