Here are the stories and legends of the emigres from France, following the Reign of Terror and then Napoleon, who settled in colonies in New York and the Pennsylvania wilderness and who left little or nothing of their existence here. Differing through their aristocracy, pride, ambitions, refinement from most other immigrants, these incapable pioneers add a touch of romantic, if sad, flavor to the American scene. Almost every settlement failed through ignorance, extravagance, incompetence, and few of the people were absorbed into the new kind of life. There are the characters of the men behind each founding company, the colonists themselves, the establishment of a refuge for European rulers, the meteoric career of Joseph Bonaparte, the story of the lost Dauphin. A strange corner of local history, that, for all its glamorous aspects, is told from a somewhat pedantic angle.