Cornwall: 1791. As the civil unrest in France gathers force, ripples of conflict are also reaching across the Channel, for the Loveday family are fighting their own private battles.
Charles Mercer - Edward Loveday's brother-in-law - has been found dead, the reputation of his eminent bank in tatters.
Charles has left the Lovedays facing emotional trauma and financial ruin.
But risk comes as second nature to the Lovedays. Adam Loveday finds refuge from the pressures of keeping the family boatyard solvent in the arms of gypsy-bred Senara - whom he is determined to marry despite his father's threats of disinheritance. And his twin, St John, angry at having to curb his spending, throws in his hand with the Sawle brothers - the notorious smugglers who rule Penruan by intimidation and violence.
Each one of the Lovedays must sacrifice personal ambition in the face of adversity.
But to some of them, sacrifice does not come easily...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages, genealogy tab maps
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 02/08/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747264118