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No man is an island… Even when he lives on one… Even when he is a hermit…
Power in fourteenth-century Britain is a fluid idea, depending on who is speaking, the Church or a feudal elite. To priest Jean-Felipe, the only power worth having is over oneself. Shunning the path that leads to marriage and family, Jean-Felipe instead travels from his abbey in Normandy to the remote Gower coast of Wales. There he intends to live as a hermit and use his power to teach and spread God’s love.
Despite his intentions, Jean-Felipe is a passionate soul, with an independent mind that can get him into trouble. This is particularly true when a feudal family return to occupy their Welsh castle for the few months of April to September.
The summer is hot and passions run high as the young people of the castle flex their power, running up against Jean-Felipe and the local people. Through the intervening months, all will be tested against the codes of man and God, some emerging unchanged and others never to be the same again.