Sebastian Faure is only fifteen years old when he meets the young nobleman Balthazar de Creon. De Creon, struck by the boy's beauty as much as his talent as a herbal healer, orders Sebastian to his manor so he can instruct him in the ways of the court. His motives are however clouded by his lust and after a brief period of restraint, Balthazar and Sebastian abandon themselves to their passions and imaginations. But in 1749 their affair scandalizes the French court and Balthazar is faced with a heartbreaking ultimatum: repudiate Sebastien and live, or do not and die.
Daniel Arsand was born in Avignon in 1950 and currently works as an editor with Editions PhEbus in Paris. He is the author of several novels, including "The Land of Darkness," winner of the Prix Femina for First Fiction, and "In Silence," winner of the Jean Giono Second Novel Grand Prix.