What would anyone give for eternal life? When Martha Budd's adoptive father disowns her, she goes to her friend, Fimber O'Flynn, who is doomed to do the Devil's bidding for eternity. When Martha is accused of witchcraft and drowned, Fimber negotiates again with the Devil and Martha lives, in exchange for her soul. Martha, however, has plans of her own: to do what no-one ever has before--to buy her soul back. From Marston Moor to the American Civil War, via the seven seas, Martha travels the centuries with another undead wanderer, her friend, Sunday. Together, they attend the scenes of battle through the ages with Vardan, warrior of the future, awaiting their chance to escape Satan's clutches. With Martha goes a souvenir of her mortal life; the ducking chair on which she died. In her new, endless life, it has a use. What would anyone give for a true death?