Baden-Baden 1883. The summer capital of Europe. Every summer, sixty thousand guests descended on this town of ten thousand inhabitants. They came to enjoy the natural beauty of the town and its surroundings, the social scene, the bath and the many cultural delights. It was the place for amusement and intrigue. It was the place where fantasy intersected with reality, reputations were made and lost, where the European aristocrat played their games from horse-racing to the casino, from the opera to the bedroom. This novel brings together the most intriguing figures of the nineteenth century. In the hands of Eric Koch, who has been called the 'master of historical fiction', the lives, times, foibles, fantasies and mysteries of 19th century Europe come to life.
Born in Germany, in 1919, Eric Koch left for England as a refugee in 1935. In 1940 he was interned as an "enemy alien" and shipped to Canada.