Essex, England

Essex Marshes
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeEssex Marshes - Credit: Matthew Barker

The story takes place in Essex, England. Essex lies to the north and east of London. Rayader’s lighthouse is in the Great Marsh, an area that runs along the coast of the North Sea.


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1930s Europe

Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler in Ovtober 1936
Public DomainBenito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler in Ovtober 1936
Frith appears at Rayader’s door in 1930, and the story culminates with the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. A worldwide economic depression marked much of this period, as well as the rise of Adolph Hitler.

Winston Churchill
Public DomainWinston Churchill
 Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1940.