Softcover has shelfwear to edges and covers. Pages tight and clean but yellowed due to age. pages. MMP Binding. Year: 1987. ISBN: 0812525051. On sabbatical in the south of France, Professor John McTell finds himself oddly fascinated by a bit of local lore--the legend of a renegade Knight Templar, burned at the stake for heresy and black sorcery. It is a captivating story--and one that holds a strange power over McTell, driving him to investigate the crumbling ruins of the knights fortress, the carved and blessed stone that, the villages claim, imprisons the sorcerer's avenging spirit. When that stone is shattered, evil claims the soul of John McTell, and a demon once again stalks the land.