The Cause of Liberty and the path to the battle at Monmouth sets the scene for Lt. Nicholas Burk, once a gambler, and his dependability as one of Captain Allen McLane's Independent Company. There is also John Taylor, a farmer at Barren Hill outside of Philadelphia, who wants honor, dignity and peace, and who is caught between two armies; he finds McLane and his men far preferable to the lobsterbacks. With the battered and crippled retreat of the Continental Army, with the advance of the British columns, Burk's scouting brings widowed Charity Avery in view, alerts him about the danger to her for the spying she has undertaken, joins him to a spot of espionage and marks him for a part of the final victory. With glimpses of Howe, Pulaski, Washington, Hamilton, Lafayette, Clinton, and the bumblings of Charles Lee and others, this carries a sense of imperative moment, of fortitude and patience, and of the drama that is almost inescapable in the stories of the Revolution. This first venture into history by the author of Love Is a Bridge (1953) and Tell Me. Stranger (1959) takes a good look at the facts and the times -- and the people they forged.