By the 1860s, the Pilasters are one of the world's greatest banking families, with connections that reach from the City of London to far-afield colonies. However, as the family grow richer in the shadow of oppression and tragedy, their very future is threatened - by the self-same ambition and greed that first earned them their fortune.
Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning novel Eye of the Needle which became an international bestseller. He has since written several equally successful novels, including, most recently, Hornet Flight. He is also author of the non-fiction bestseller On Wings of Eagles.