Serene as a windless savannah, this is the tale of a thrice-married, Carolina-born lass who lives her long adult life under two flags--in St. Augustine, Florida. Maria first sees England's newly acquired Florida territory in 1763, arriving with British soldier husband David. Versed in midwifery, she gains the trust and friendship of a local Spanish aristocrat, nurses stricken David back to health, and sets up housekeeping. But David is killed in an accident, and, after a lonely interval (during which lovely Maria acquires property and status), she marries a man she respects, but, alas, he dies after a long illness, and Maria weds, in an Indian summer lapse, a ne'er-do-well half her age who runs through most of her fortune and dies escaping from prison. There's talk of war and politics, goodness knows, but Maria's father's revolutionary activities are far off, and, when the Spanish return, she calmly switches religion and citizenship. Based on a real personality, this is a placid, pleasant narrative that will be welcomed by an assured, sedate audience.