Charity Blackstock tries her accomplished hand at an older form, the period lodrama, which relies here for many of its effects on the locale-- the moors and of Scotland's Inverness-- and to a lesser extent on an actual courtroom case of the early 19th century. Margaret, an English army officer's daughter with an independent streak, becomes the wife of Ringan Kerr, a man of few words, most of them . He is the agent for the Duke of Sutherland and spends much of his time away from her, making the rounds of the shire. Still she has nothing to regret until eleven years later he is put on trial for culpable homicide, oppression and arson, after his viction of the crofters has set off all kinds of violence. And for the first time comes to suspect the man she still loves but has every reason to doubt.... high colored tale with a fair show of spirit tempered by the remove of time and place..... Her established audience is not necessarily an asset; this presupposes a for the genre and assumes a feminine readership only.