In a general way this is a sequel to Rogue's March (1949) for Tipton and the peace loving and working Sieur de Lantagnac Ward and his sanctuary at Singing Tree reappear in the story of Tenasee Tom Hazard's adventures as a Federalist agent. It is the problem of Sevier's treasonable offer to Spain and the letter that must be circumvented that brings Tom to New Orleans and his bitter feud with Salcedo. Helped by George Farragut, jilted by Annette Gaillard, captured but escaping, Tom hits the trail to prevent Annette from delivering important papers. They are confronted by an Indian raid; Tom's advice to arrest ""Nolichucky Jack"" brings trouble for his uncle; and the decision to persuade Sevier away from his commitments to Wilkinson and into the Federalist party, because of his great personal popularity, brings a turnabout in alliances. A substantial -- and substantiated -- argumentation of the issues involved in the Spanish Conspiracy, the opening of the Mississippi and New Orleans to American traffic, ""the liberation of the oppressed frontier""- all background Tenasee Tom's pursuit of his girl -- and his principles. But the soberness does have its leaven of lightheartedness.