Philian Gregory is a struggling City trader. Nathan Carrington, an alcoholic beggar. When a random act of kindness draws them into an unlikely friendship, they embark on a journey that will change their lives forever. Threatened by forces that seek to conceal an unimaginable past, they escape to the solitude of the English canals, until one death too many turns the pursued into the pursuers.
They work off the radar, but even they can't avoid what is happening around them in a nation where the moral are few, the immoral are in the ascendant, but the power is held by the amoral. As millions of innocents die, they begin to understand that the past is merely a clue to the future and only they can stop what is happening. In doing so, only one of them will survive.
This latest work of fiction from canal-based author Simon J. Stephens is an action-packed, contemporary thriller in which unthinkable solutions become more than just a fantasy nightmare: they could just happen. They might even be happening.