Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London. Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical ‘investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society.’ He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.
Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job; a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.
What could possibly go wrong?