A slight, romantic tale of the American Revolution from the pen of Frank Yerby is a complete surprise, in its simplicity and innocuousness. The setting at the start is New York when the Tories are confident that the ragged gangs that called themselves rebels would soon be put down. The Knowles sisters, lovely spoiled Kathy and 19-year-old Polly, were in love with the same boy, Ethan, who was an ardent rebel, though in their own social bracket. In the course of the rugged years of struggle Polly followed his example, while Kathy thought herself secretly wed to a nobly born British officer, who turned out to have a wife and children at home. And Ethan slowly and painfully dislodged Kathy from his heart and found at the war's end, that it had always been Polly. A fairly obvious tale, without much to contribute to a many times explored period of history.