Beautifully and sympathetically written, this is the story of James I. King of Scotland from 1406 to 1437, which achieves as well an exceptional authenticity. Here is Stewart, the man rather than the King, as the murder of his brother, his capture by the English made him bitter and distrustful. Held prisoner until he was 30, James married Joaen Beaufort, returned with her to Scotland where he devoted himself to righting the country's political confusion and where he and Joan won the love of their people. Despite this love, James was to be murdered some thirteen years later by a faction of the nobility who wanted his throne but failed to obtain it. For more discriminating readers of either fiction or historical biography, this creates a sound illusion of period and portraiture.