A story of frustrated love, conflicting loyalty, and high patriotic passion is this novel set in the New Hampshire colony at the time of the Boston Tea Party. The ""last gentleman"", Governor John Wentworth, is in conflict with his fellows in his loyalty to the king. And equally intense is the conflict his spoilt wife faces between her duties as wife and mother -to-be and her interest in numerous other men. Subsidiary characters, also torn by clashing desires, give dramatic texture to this vivid portrayal of a crucial and colorful period in American history. Shirley Barker provides the student of the American past with a romantic vehicle by which much that is factual can be learned.