For young Richard Carey, the dangers of Revolutionary France stood out in sharp contrast to the sheltered life he had known in Cambridge and London. And for the first time his intelligence, tenacity and courage are called upon in the challenging mission which he agrees to undertake. With the help of his cousin Armand D'Assailly and an English frigate, Richard manages to send several of his French relatives to safety. Now the more severe task of freeing Armand's father from the Abbaye prison makes great demands on the ingenuity of these young men. Assuming the identity of the Republican whom Richard kills in a duel, he is able to secure the discharge of Armand's father and his safety across the Channel. The path to final safety is strewn with obstacles and dangers all the way, but Richard and his friends manage to overcome them, if often at a sacrifice. Definitely a first rate tale of intrigue.