A second novel from the author of His Majesty's Yankees (1942), once more against a Nova Scotia background. It is an earlier period this time, -- Halifax at its inception, when the British agents sent shiploads of the scum of London to plant a city in the wilderness, bulwark against Louisbourg, still -- or rather again -- in French hands. Among them was Roger Sudden, gentleman adventurer, escaping the penalty of his amateur venture into the ranks of highwaymen. Former Jacobits, disillusioned, a man without a country, he has one aim -- to win a fortune -- and the story traces the steps by which he won and lost. Shifting loyalties -- true only to unwilling love for the red-haired Mary, Jacobite acting for the French in the heart of the British settlement -- Roger was now with the British, now with the Indians, now with the French -- at the end a victim of his own instability. Good period and background story, but one cannot feel very deeply concerned over the fate of the hero and heroine.