The Pillars of the Earth came first, then came World Without End. Now Ken Follett continues with a magnificent, gripping new story A Column of Fire. It takes place in the year 1558 during Elizabethan times in England. All of Europe is turning against Elizabeth Tudor when she becomes Queen. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service, to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions and invasion plans.