Peter Fielding steals a mysterious painting, hits the road and finds himself in the service of the outrageous Baron Parzifal. The biggest fraud this side of Cleopatran Paris? Greatest adventurer since Cortes? Royal bastard loon or failed vampire? No one really seems to know, least of all the Baron. But one thing is for sure ? time is fast running out and he?s left with one last desperate throw of the dice to find the treasure that will save him. Chased by the Inquisition, Peter and the Baron undertake a series of extraordinary escapades that take them all the way from Europe to the other side of the world. There they discover that things aren?t always quite what they seem. Well, sort of. Shadows and Pagodas is a highly original and wickedly irreverent reworking of the Grail legend that combines Buddhist philosophy, medieval symbolism and good old rip-roaring adventure.