This tenth of Harnett Kane's fictional biographies explores the background of the Napoleonic era on both sides of the ocean reflecting the social and political climate in which Jerome Bonaparte and Betsy Patterson grew up. And yet, somehow, the research comes between the author and the characters. The story of blighted love has romantic appeal but never quite gets off the ground. The years of Betsy's struggles for recognition ending in the half-hearted acceptance of the rights of her son are heart-rending but wearying. A competent, semi-fictional work that fills a gap in the Bonaparte legend.