The Colonels were Edward Whalley and William Goffe, two of the Puritan judges who tried Charles I and condemned him to death. They had come to America to try to escape their prosecution by Charles II. They were tracked down in Boston and escaped to the then small New Haven Colony, where the townspeople all cooperated in concealing them and in distracting the King's agents. It's an intriguing sidelight into the history of the straightlaced Puritan Colonials, and the story of the successful smuggling of the two Colonels will hold the attention of readers. To be overlooked is the fictional embroidery about the young orphan boy Sam Goode who is the charge of the minister and his confidante, and who appears to engineer most of the narrow escapes.