Seeking to better understand Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," author and anatomist Professor Alice Roberts returns to the original manuscript and traces the story of Shelley's life. She finds someone concerned with the very act of creation itself, discovers clues of another writer's influence, and examines the influence of Shelley's parents. Professor Roberts shows that the ideas informing "Frankenstein" make the novel much more than a simple horror story. Shelley's account does deal in death, but ultimately it provokes questions about how to live. Part of "The Secret Life of Books" series.