The author of Quietly My Captain Waits gives us another thoroughly documented historical romance, again dipping into the history of Canada's maritime provinces. The period is 1744-46; the setting Acadia, at the time when the fanatically bitter New Englanders organized an expedition against Louisbourg, on what is now known as Cape Breton and took the town. At the start of the story, Paul, captive Acadian, is urged on to escape by rumors of the proposed expedition. With an English comrade, in a stolen ketch, he makes an incredible trip -- only to have his news discounted. Into the story, with its adventure and misadventure, its tragic sequel, and stormy romance, is packed a panorama of history, of characters, of incidents in the dark days of the harried French fleet. The fictional characters seem two-dimensional, stock figures; the plot seems overladen; the romance fails to capture one's sympathy. All in all, a disappointing book to follow the thrilling story of glamorous Louise de Freneuse. The book will undoubtedly have substantial sales and rentals; there is plenty of action, fast-paced plot; the publishers are backing it with a bigger promotion schedule than used in the earlier book, -- posters, imprinted cards, metropolitan advertising.