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view,' said The Doctor, ' is that you can run - in fact it's often by far the
best option - but you can't hide. I'll see myself out.'
Nyssa felt a pang
of disappointment. He had gone. She would probably never see him again.
The town of Oxford in AD 1278 seems a haven of tranquillity.
Under the summer sun, merchants, students and clerics go about their daily,
unhurried tasks. Alfric, the proctor of the Franciscan friary, has only two
minor problems: one of the friars has gone missing, and there's a travelling
showman, calling himself The Doctor, with a pretty young noblewoman by his
side, attracting crowds in the narrow streets.
missing friar is found dead, The Doctor is convinced he has been murdered.
There is a ruthless killer at large, and Alfric reluctantly teams up with The Doctor to track him down. Their investigation leads towards the most celebrated
of the Franciscan brotherhood: Roger Bacon, famed throughout Christendom as a
scholar - and, in the far future, the subject of a revolutionary thesis by
technographer Nyssa of Traken.