IMAGINE…

Being almost six hundred years old but looking and feeling thirty…

Staying young when family and friends are growing old and dying…

Being thought of as the Devil’s servant…

Constantly worrying about your next identity…

John Andrews is such a man.

John Andrews is a brilliant artist, as gifted as any of the old masters, but he shuns the limelight. He always has. John has a closely-guarded secret: in his early thirties, five hundred and fifty years ago, he stopped ageing.

Born Luca di Stefano in early Renaissance Tuscany, he is apprenticed to the great fresco painter Piero della Francesca. When his lack of ageing is discovered, a fanatical and over-zealous Church wants him burnt at the stake. Fleeing to Naples, he adopts a new identity and starts a new life, the first of many artistic personas over the centuries. But the lingering threat of discovery is never far away … and now modern technology is catching up.

Claudia Reid, forensic biochemist, profiles John’s DNA following his arrest for a trivial incident. She is stunned by the results: they are unprecedented. Realising she has discovered something extraordinary and driven by a desire to prove her own research theories relating to ‘junk’ DNA correct, she embarks on a reckless mission to find John that could ruin her career.

Ced Fisher, forensic art forgery expert, has written a ground-breaking computer program that reveals nuances of an artist’s style that are way beyond those the human eye can perceive. But when he uses the programme to compare John Andrews’ work with that of certain long-dead artists and finds that they match, Ced is faced with questions whose answers defy logic. And the further he delves into the past, the deeper the mystery of John Andrews becomes.

As Claudia and Ced probe further into John Andrews’ rare traits, they unwittingly put his life at risk. There are others who want to know the secret of his eternal youth and who will stop at nothing to get it. Once again, John is looking over his shoulder…