In 1899, Victorian England hovers on the brink of a new century, a new monarch, and an entirely new age. Soon, the world will be altered forever, but change is imminent on a more personal level for William Bury when he encounters a sinister, travelling circus on the edge of his town, and meets for the first time the charismatic illusionist Lacrimosa. William will meet the circus again, experience its magic, its darkness, and face the terrifying scheme that Lacrimosa has set into motion. Plunged into the world of the performers, and forced to confront not only Lacrimosa and his troupe, but the bleak promises of the future, William uncovers the true nature of the circus, its terrifying history, and its plans for the world. As the hidden universe of Lacrimosa is uncovered, William finds himself embroiled in a struggle which will have dire repercussions for the entire world. Gothic enchantment, adventure, fantasy and mystery, the circus is waiting.