Ben Morris, a young teacher, finds an antique door-knocker in his garden and takes it to the local museum, where the curator tells him it belonged to Geap Manor, a Tudor mansion, now demolished, and whose original owner, Sir Roger Widdowson, was accused of Satanism in order to produce an heir, but still died childless. In 1786 the manor is bought by Joseph Bloxham, a greedy parvenu who has made his money at the expense of others and is accused by the widow of his late business partner of causing her husband's death. Bloxham believes that the noises he hears in the wainscoting of the rooms is made by mice and ignores his colleagues' warnings that he could be in danger. In fact the wainscoting is made from the same wood as the gallows at Tyburn, where criminals were hung, and Bloxham's actions have marked him as a criminal who must pay for his sins. In 1927 Lady Constance De Momery attends the engagement party at Geap Manor of her grand-son Felix to his lower-born fiancée Ruth. Felix's ...
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