Jeff Talbot lived on the Patukent near Upper Marlboro between Washington and Baltimore, so he was bound to get mixed up in the War of 1812. With eyes and ears open he helps foil the British and captures a spy. He hears a breathless first-hand account of the burning of our capital and sees the battle of Fort McHenry. He is with Francis Scott Key when he first reads his immortal verses. This is an exciting book with grand suspense, the author leaves the reader panting at the end of each chapter, it is impossible to put it down.