This debut novel by Nita Hughes blends an ancient story of
terrifying persecution with a modern vision of world
we know today.
The tale is told by a woman
photographer who unexpectedly discovers information from the
past about a spiritual secret, a treasure so coveted that an
entire culture was massacred in an attempt to own it. Her
search for answers propels the characters of this romantic
thriller through time as history threatens to repeat itself.
Initially we are introduced to
Clotilde and Jean de Mirepoix, devout Cathars in 13th
century France. Their world of growing enlightenment is
being extinguished by a reign of terror.
Clothilde and Jean seek refuge
in Montsegur, a Cathar sanctuary thought to be impregnable.
But their safety fades in importance as they attempt to
secure the Cathar treasure, described in the archives of the
Catholic Inquisition as "so powerful as to change the face
of the world". Vowing to safeguard the treasure throughout
time, their souls commit to return and unveil it at "world's
We discover that this predicted time has come, as photographer Dana
Palmer and writer Eric Taylor collaborate on a story whose
secret may provide the world’s salvation - or its
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