Dan Stevens reads from Rebecca Stott's love story, set in Paris in 1815 in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars.
Daniel Connor, a brilliant and ambitious student, is in Paris to take up a new position with some of the leading scientists of the day. The chaos of an occupied city, a beautiful and enigmatic woman, and the swirl of revolutionary and heretical ideas about how life began create a heady atmosphere that is all too seductive.
On a hot August night, Daniel Connor is travelling towards Paris and a new vocation when he is captivated by a mysterious woman.
Abridged by Viv Beeby
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.