An excellent historian detective whose latest appraisal was an 18th century Scottish mystery- The Heir of Douglas, returns to the period and the place to do full justice to the exciting life of Flora MacDonald, rescuer of the pretender Prince Charles. Though Flora's girlhood near Skye, followed the pattern for a girl in a good Scotch household, there were prophecies that as she grew older she would travel, that she would not soon marry her fellow clansman Allan MacDonald and settle down to routine life. With Prince Charles' return her chance came- and the political urgency lends a pathos to the development of their tender friendship as Flora helps her prince ""over the sea to Skye"". First imprisoned, Flora was lionized on her release. But though she found measures of happiness later in marriage to Allan and their emigration to North Carolina, a certain sadness from her deep loyalty to doomed causes dogged her steps, though they never entirely flagged. Rich reading.