Opening lines

At some time, we all stand at a crossroads and we realise that no matter which path we take, there will be life-changing consequences. Captain Thomas Henry Sladdin stood at just such a crossroads: he had been summoned by Sir Francis Walsingham, Principal Secretary to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, to attend him in his chambers at Westminster Palace.

To receive such a summons would strike fear into the hearts of many people, for them it would be like an invitation to step into the proverbial ‘Lion’s Den’.