Arthur Nevis is recruited by his superiors in a quest for a missing woman. Behind their facade of academia, sinister functionaries engage in woeful and covert operations against a beautiful and mysterious Englishwoman born under shadowy conditions - her identity deeply ciphered in an abstruse manuscript recently come into their possession. Nevis must trace its linguistic threads that reveal the low-profiled and maze-like world of Windsor Castle, her home in infancy when two ladies-in-waiting had clandestinely born her through a well-concealed outer gate to a waiting horse and carriage. Thus she was banished: to endure a mean and lowly fate circumscribed by implacable deceit and brutal hardship. "Lares" expands the frontiers of fiction and legend in a web of little known history presenting the enigmatic life of poet, Joyce James - a true narrative converging into the mythic in its adversity and horror.