Author(s): Ambrose Bierce
On arriving at a rural monastery, the monk Ambrosius meets a young girl, Benedicta. She is shunned by the local community for being the daughter of the local hangman, but Ambrosius is drawn into a dangerous sympathy with her, and in defiance of the community and his superiors, he starts spending time alone with her. But when her virtue is corrupted by an impetuous young man, the stage is set for a battle between heart, mind, body, spirit, the sins of the past and redemption.
'A truly remarkable writer, funny and savage... in the true tradition of Swift and Voltaire.' The Independent
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) was an American short story writer and journalist. He is probably best known for is story An Occurrence at Owl Creek, published in 1890. In 1913 he went to Mexico in order to observe the civil war there. Whilst travelling with Pancho Villa's army in 1914, he vanished without a trace.