Echoes is the journal of John Pearce, as he recalls and records the fateful summer of 1969, the year he and a group of close friends from university travelled through Europe, following in the footsteps of Mary and Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and their group of 19th century creative intellectuals.
Much of John Pearce’s young life was spent, not on the ball field or in the playground, but on an operating table as his father experimented with brain mapping in a race against the clock to save his youngest son, the four-year-old Paul, from a brain tumour.
As this story begins, the present-day John not only carries around with him a head full of errant synapses, the by-product of his father’s experiments, but a heart burdened with guilt for having failed his brother. That same heart is now pledged to Mary Godfrey, his closest companion from childhood. Unfortunately Mary’s heart isn’t similarly inclined, a state of affairs that John is convinced he can change.
For John this trip turns out to be a lesson in perceived reality as the events of the summer of 1816 too closely parallel those of modern day 1969. John stands to lose more than just his friends – his sanity also hangs in the balance as time overlaps and the ghosts of Mary Shelley and her circle of writers dog his footsteps while a Byronic vampire torments his existence.