Philippe and Joseph Bridau are two extremely different brothers.
The elder, Philippe, is a superficially heroic soldier and adored
by their mother Agathe. He is nonetheless a bitter figure, secretly
gambling away her savings after a brief but glorious career in
Napoleon’s army. His younger brother Joseph, meanwhile, is
fundamentally virtuous - but their mother is blinded to his
kindness by her disapproval of his life as an artist. Foolish and
prejudiced, Agathe lives on unaware that she is being cynically
manipulated by her own favourite child, but will she ever discover
which of her sons is truly the black sheep of the family? A
dazzling depiction of the power of money and the cruelty of life in
nineteenth-century France, The Black Sheep compellingly explores is
a compelling exploration of the nature of deceit.