Continuing his historical research of Reluctant Rebel, Mr. Van de Water writes of the days of Vermont's danger between the Continental Congress and the British, when men deserted the rebel army and Tory sympathisers further split the ranks of patriots. It is of Olin Royden's attempt to discover how best to use his loyalty to his state and finding in Ira Allen, Ethan's wiser brother, a figure to follow. It is Olin's efforts to win Faith Marshall that bring him further troubles, in pursuing her fiance whom Olin is trying to prove a British spy. Ira's efforts to play for time are regarded with suspicion and his followers are disgraced with their friends; Olin is able to save Faith from a kidnapping and make an end to his personal enemy. There is plenty of action and romance, and a vitalizing of local history to make this a worthy companion to the earlier book. Too bad the gap is such that few readers will have the sense of continuity in recreated history that would enhance its value.