Few women have been so loved and so persecuted as the beautiful Mary, Queen of Scots. Dwelling upon that period in her life in which she vied with the powerful Douglas clan, this novel is rich with famous names of Scottish history. There is Lady Douglas who wishes the throne for her son, the Earl of Moray. There is the Earl, himself, who plots against the Catholic Queen. And there are her allies, -Geordie, the youngest Douglas, and two children who love their queen. This account of captivity and escape is written with elegance and provides a strong factual background against which the story is told.