The year is 1839, and Mary Shelley – the woman who wrote Frankenstein
– is living alone in a tiny cottage on the banks of the river Thames in
As she sorts through the snowstorm of her husband’s scattered
papers she is reminded of their past: her 15 month stay in Dundee aged
15 with the merchant William Baxter and his daughter, Isabella, whom she
corresponded with for the rest of her life; the half-ruined villas in Italy,
the stormy relationship with Shelley and her stepsister Claire, the loss of
her children, the attempted kidnapping of Claire’s daughter Allegra from
a prison-like convent in Florence. And finally, her husband’s drowning on
the Gulf of Spezia as they stayed in a grim-looking fortress overlooking
What she has never confided in anyone is that she has always
been haunted by Shelley’s drowned first wife, Harriet, who would come
to visit her in the night as she slept with her two tiny children in a vast
abandoned villa while Shelley was away litigating with lawyers.
pay the ultimate price for loving Shelley? Who will Harriet come for next?