In Georgian Glasgow, a seventeen-year-old mother stands trial for her life.
Clare Kelso has been locked in the Tolbooth, accused of murdering her own infant son. Maverick lawyer Cameron Adams, summoned from Edinburgh to defend the guilty, soon comes to believe that the frail girl who refuses to defend herself could be a murderer's second victim.
The key to the truth lies with Frederick Striker. Gambler, seducer, adventurer, he alone can save Clare from the gallows. If he wishes to . . .
Jessica Stirling's high reputation is well deserved. - Manchester Evening News
She writes in bright colours with bold, confident strokes. - Glasgow Herald