On his return voyage to England, Jack helps in the defeat of a privateer, gaining a friend in a charismatic Irishman, Red Hugh McClune, along with a large share of the prize money and a nasty dose of cholera. Saved by Red Hugh, Jack convalesces in Bath where he falls in love with the man's beautiful cousin, Laetitia. But this romance soon turns to tragedy, involving Red Hugh's plot to assassinate the King - for the exiled King James III and all Jacobites. Jack foils the plot but, because he owes him his life, allows the Irishman to escape the noose. Red Hugh flees to Rome, taking Laetitia with him. Jack pursues to infiltrate the enemy but is betrayed and ends up in jail. He escapes to discover that Laetitia has married and Hugh has gone to fight the Spanish. Jack's own regiment, the 16th Dragoons, is also there and Jack rejoins them to fight the war, charge with the cavalry at Valencia de Alcantara and defeat the schemes of the Irish traitor ...
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 112 x 178 x 25mm | 198g
- 07 Dec 2006
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
About C. C. Humphreys
C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto, and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third generation actor and writer on both sides of his family, he returned to Canada in the nineties and there his writing career began. He was a schoolboy fencing champion, became a fight choreographer and turned his love of swashbuckling towards historical fiction. He is married and lives in North London.