Sir Willoughby believes the Clan to be under
a curse, and that a family member must die in
tragic circumstances once every thirteen years.

Willoughby’s mother, Lady Isabel, drowned
the summer he turned four. Thirteen years
later his brother, Deighton, got thrown from a
horse and killed. Finally, old Sir Lyall Austin
Thyme was swept away by an avalanche
whilst mountaineering, exactly one month
before Justin was born.

According to Sir Willoughby’s calculations,
one of them will fall victim to the Thyme
Curse this very year - but who will it be?

“ ‘Have you forgotten the Thyme Curse?’
groaned Sir Willoughby. ‘One of us is certain
to die this year. What ... what if it’s Henny?
Aaarrghhhhhh! That’s it, isn’t it? The same
hideous pattern; you’ll lose your mother
just like I lost mine.’ ”