In defiance of his monarch and his wife's family, the nineteen year old aristocrat, Gilbert Lafayette, left France aboard the Victoire in 1777 to further the dream of the rebel colonists in America -- ""the cherished and safe asylum of virtue, of tolerance, of equality and of peaceful liberty"". Carter Hodding profiles the young nobleman in straightforward fashion, divulging nothing hitherto unknown, but linking the relationship between the colonists' eruption and that of the French in 1830. On home ground Lafayette held liberal sympathies but as Commander of the National Guard he defended the Royal Family. The story pivots about Lafayette's participation in the six-year struggle of the Americans, his almost filial relationship to George Washington and his advocacy of the American cause in France. Competent and journalistic.