England in the early days of the Civil War is the setting for the star-crossed romance of Lady Phillipa Devereaux and Lord Adam Clune. They first meet on Capri, where privateer Adam's ship is docked and where Phillipa has been exiled for refusing to marry Roger Huet at her father's orders. Phillipa smuggles herself aboard Adam's ship and is considered a Jonah by the irate crew. Unceremoniously dumped off in Jamaica, she bears Adam's son, returns to England pretending she is the widow of one of Adam's officers. Adam marries an heiress for the money she can bring to the Royalist cause, she marries Huet, now a force in Cromwell's councils, to save Adam's life. The lovers continue to meet in between battles. Adam's wife conveniently dies, Roger is slain, and the lovers and their child escape to America. Every ingredient- and then some- of the standard historical novel plus a plot made up of an unbelievable series of coincidences, two-dimensional characters and sturdy disregard for true historical authenticity.