Abundance of romance and paucity of history in a period novel of mid-18th century England and America. This is the story of Rosamond Cantillon, whose mother was burned as a witch, whose father was an Irish nobleman fallen on evil days and living at the Tyendale estate as schoolmaster. Geoffrey Tyndale has loved Rosamond from childhood and his plans to marry her are foiled by his step-mother who tries to smear Rosamond as a witch like her mother. She escapes and after their marriage, she and Geoffrey go to America to begin a new life -- one destined to recurrent emotional upheavals, as the unstable Geoffrey believes the story a jealous woman circulates, and turns against Rosamond -- leaves her for gayer spots. Ian, once Geoffrey's prisoner, now their friend, helps her-she turns to him, but he is sure she and Geoffrey belong together and restores her to a repentant husband. Fast moving story with surface value.