Returning to camp from a dangerous solo mission behind enemy lines, career soldier Daniel Rawson finds himself stranded on foot, with French soldiers in fierce pursuit.
A kindly farmer helps Daniel hide in his barn, then loans him a carthorse on which to escape.
Later, when Daniel goes back to return the horse, he finds the farmhouse and barn have been set ablaze and the farmer approaching death, apparently at the hands of English soldiers.
Back in England there is political unrest. Queen Anne's favour has shifted causing the Duke of Marlborough to resign as Commander-In-Chief.
After several other farmhouses are burnt down in seemingly similar raids, Daniel enlists the help of his old friend Henry Welbeck to help investigate.
All the while the treacherous and scheming French Commander, the Duc de Vendome, is becoming hell-bent on capturing Daniel, by any means at his disposal, including kidnapping the beautiful Amalia.
Daniel has a chance of revenge when facing Vendome at the bloody battle of Oudenarde.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby
- Publication Date: 05/10/2009
- Category: Historical adventure
- ISBN: 9780749007713