Volume One of a new founding-of-America historical series--beginning with two departures to the New World from Cromwell's England. English aristocrat/spy Lady Dawn Shepherd is heading for America--with protection from France's conniving Cardinal Mazarin. And Sir Richard Dunstable, a Cavalier marksman who's forever parted from his fiancÃ‰e Dorothea by her Cromwellian father, finds himself packed off to the New World by his royalist uncle--who instructs Richard to meet French spy Laroche and gather colonial support for Prince Charles' restoration. So the two royalist spies meet in Bristol, and when the Captain refuses to let gorgeous, dangerous Dawn aboard, Richard disguises her as his servant boy, helps bind her magnificent cleavage (extolled by poet Richard Lovelace himself), and they lustfully share a cramped cabin on the six-week voyage to Boston (during which they kill a Roundhead spy). But Boston, founded by Puritans, will put Lady Dawn's bare arms and cleavage into the stocks if she appears in her normal low-cut dress, and even worse will happen if she and Richard share dinner in her room. So he offers marriage. They part, however--she for Virginia, he Providence. And Richard travels around, gets independence fever, meets the natives (he saves Roaring Wolf, a Pequot Indian who vows service to him), sails to France to meet the young exiled king himself, and is enlisted by Mazarin to get the colonies under French rule. He also falls for--and weds--American lass Eliza. Predictable historical-fiction pulp through and through, but considerably more classy and engaging than John Jakes & Co.