With Adrian mad from heartbreak and secluded in Scotland, the crown that might have been his gets closer to Lord Raymond’s head.
At Perdita’s cottage in Windsor Forest, Lionel meets Lord Raymond and the beauteous Idris, his destined bride.
An insignificant posting to the embassy in Vienna begins (and ends) Lionel’s professional life; back in England, a new character rises—Lord Raymond.
Two more women enter the tale: the Ex-Queen, Adrian’s mother, and the Greek Princess Evadne, the one Adrian loves.
Adrian, the son of Britain’s former king, enters the siblings’ sheltered lives.
Lionel Verney, the boy who will become The Last Man, grows up with his sister Perdita in the mid-21st century English Lake District’s lowest class.
In 1818, an unnamed author pillages an archaeological site on the Bay of Naples of written artifacts—authentic Sibylline prophecies—that she’ll later transcribe.