Marcus Baron is an Officer and decorated war hero who faces multiple difficulties returning to civilian life in England after World War I.
When Marcus Baron regained consciousness he found himself lying in a well-furnished bedroom, while sitting with him was a uniformed nurse. For some time he was unable to connect cause with event. He could not understand the large bedroom in which he was lying. Could not recognize his surroundings. His past was again blank to him.
‘What am I doing here, nurse?’ he asked almost unconsciously.
‘You met with an accident,’ said the nurse, ‘and—and are you better?’
‘How long have I been here?’
‘Nearly three weeks. Don’t speak, you’re not strong enough yet.’
‘But I am, I only want to know. What accident do you mean?’
‘The accident outside the engine-house when some one threw a stone at you.’
‘The engine-house,’ repeated Marcus. ‘Oh I remember now.’
Joseph Hocking (1860-1937), was a Cornish novelist and United Methodist Free Church minister. Like the American Presbyterian minister Edward Roe, Hocking’s novels combine rich characters with gripping stories. Joseph Hocking published more than 101 books and was greatly respected as a fiction writer. Hocking passed this life in 1937.
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