Secrets of the Gap
by Elaine Orr
Carolyn has been drawn to this ancient site since seeing a travel guide as a child and has visited previously. Unknown to her, Greg is there because of the eerie feelings evoked when he saw the meeting brochure, with its pictures of the baths. Unable to shake the feelings, he has traveled from his dig in Egypt to view the site for himself.
Over the next few days, Carolyn’s theories about where the long-buried Roman Temple is come up against others who are looking for it, and for the long-missing torso of the statue of Sulis Minerva, whose head is in the museum. The rough looking Robert Hill does maintenance work in the Baths so that the can look for the statue, and museum guide Gladys Rigsby thinks he will turn the reunited statue over to her. She believes it will give her eternal life. More sinister than both of them is the meeting’s host, Winston Reed, who will pay top dollar for the complete statue. And he needs it before his illness overcomes him.
Carolyn believes the Celtic monks, a tolerant breed of early Christians, are the ones who sealed the temple. One of the clues in her research was a symbol she found on a photograph in a British library archive. The 'Symbol of the Gap or the Gods' combines a Christian cross and a drawing of the steamy arch in the baths.
Will the symbol be the clue to finding a way into the long-buried portions of the Roman Baths of England? Will the statue be there? And if Carolyn, Greg and Scotty manage to find the statue, will they live to reunite it with its head?
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