Beneath Black Clouds and White
In the wake of Louis XVI’s execution in 1793, two military gentlemen embark upon a campaign which will alter their lives profoundly. Apprentice surgeon, Henry Fotherby, is a patient idealist, whilst Captain Josiah Tenterchilt is short-tempered and impulsive. However, it is the growing Abolition Movement which is to shape their future.
Despite adoring his family and enjoying frequenting gaming tables, Captain Josiah Tenterchilt’s true love is the British Army and he is committed to his duty. As such, he does not hesitate to answer the army’s call when King Louis XVI of France is executed.
Accompanied by his wife to Flanders, Josiah finds his path crosses with a man who could not be more different from him: an apprentice surgeon named Henry Fotherby. As these two men pursue their own actions, fate and the careful connivance of a mysterious individual will push them together for the rest of their lives.
But it is a tumultuous time, and the French revolutionaries are not the only ones who pose a threat. The two gentlemen must find their place in a world where the constraints of social class are inescapable, and ‘slavery or abolition’ are the words on everyone’s lips.