According to the author's note, this is to be the last of her three English Civil War stories. Plain Jane and Place Mill fall on either side of this book in point of chronological order. The books deal in fictional addenda to the Cromwellian uprisings and the Royalist cause. This novel is set on the Isle of Wight in 1648 and follows the events that preceded the execution of Charles the First who was held prisoner there. His presence and the divisive, dramatic effects on the loyalties of the population are well handled, with the fiction taking strength from the history and the vividly described locale.