Raleigh's Eden, Men of Albemarle, Lusty Wind for Carolina formed a trilogy. This is in the series but not of it-chronicling the 1779-80 period in the history of North Carolina, the delicate balance of unity and disunity, as realization of war invaded the plantations. Hero-against a hunt for a British spy, the wavering of political and military strength and faith, an abortive slave rebellion, smallpox, the injustices of patriotism-is played out the romance of Scotch Peter Huntley, special messenger for the Americans, and Spanish-born, Carolina-raised Angela, as she gave her heart to the gallant worthless spy for the British, Anthony Allison. Allison is Huntley's prey in the line of duty; Huntley clears the account at the Battle of King's Mountain. Here is the crushing devastation of war -- alignment of Whig against Tory-the loyalty and courage of women. A sedate, well-upholstered historical romance.