This is the second book of the Regeneration trilogy.
This is the story of another soldier, Billy Prior, and the neurologist Dr. Rivers.
Some sub-plots come up during the story.
The author describes Beattie Roper’s story which is based on the “poison plot” of 1917: “Alice Wheeldon was jailed in 1917 for plotting to poison Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Her descendants, having read research by Dr Nick Hiley, of the University of Kent, are convinced she was framed by MI5.”
The other sub-plot is concerned about “The Cult of the Clitoris”: “In 1918 the British MP Noel Pemberton Billing, in his own journal, Vigilante, published an article, “The Cult of the Clitoris” which implied that Allan, then appearing in Maud Allan’s – Vision of Salome -, was a lesbian associate of German wartime conspirators.”
By the end of the narrative, Siegfried Sassoon reappears who have suffered a head injury during his return from France and Dr. Rivers is called back in order to assist his previous patient.