Book 3 of the Surgeon’s Duty trilogy focuses on James Hammond and the people who affect his career and his life. One such person is Mr. Walter Ewebank, Killmaster’s closest friend and ally. Since Killmaster’s death, Mr. Ewebank has become unhinged. He blames Hammond for his friend’s death and allows his hatred and anger to fuel a desire for revenge.
Another influential person is Miss Hannah Freestone. She has fallen in love with Hammond but is afraid of becoming involved with him. She was raped as a young girl and for this reason has refused several marriage proposals. But there is something special about Hammond … something that allows her to feel safe with him. For one thing–unlike most men–he does not appraise her fine figure with eyes full of lust, and she knows that her steady character can help him, for she can imagine how truly awful surgery is, even for surgeons.
Another person whose life intersects with Hammond’s is young Jack Pegg, a boy who has been working with a former London bodysnatcher to dig up the newly buried bodies in Nottingham’s cemetery and ship them to the surgeons in London. Pegg has come north for a very particular reason and is only waiting for the sign that will change his life.