Keith Mackenzie Ross is a retired NHS GP; he comes from an artistic family. His mother painted and his father was fond of drawing cartoons for his children. Keith's brother was a fine wood carver and his sister wrote poetry. A niece, Katie, exhibits art in Barcelona; another niece, Jenny, is a well-known potter in Latheron, Caithness, while a third niece, Alice, is a photographer, and her son, Knox Field, is an accomplished sculptor of animal bronzes. Keith himself played keyboard and zither but found practising too difficult so changed to writing. This is his first book.
The story begins in Russia 1917, at the time that Czar Nicholas 2nd, his wife, Alexandra, and four children Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia, Maria and son, Alexis, are imprisoned before being assassinated. Little-known is the fact that there was a parallel or rival Czar in the far-east of Russia, recognised by the Old Believers: Czar Ussuri, who had a small son, Mikhail. Because of the prevailing unrest, Mikhail was sent to live under the guardianship of an old Russian aristocratic family, where, in time, he would be known as Peter Mikhail Czarevitch,
Fast forward to 2008, where some members of a sports club are spending their summer holidays in St Helena. Sinister events are unfolding on the island at the same time. The thing that bonds the group is croquet.
Would they, and the game of croquet, survive?