The early 17th century -- England and the Virginia colonies --makes the setting for the story of the two Stacy brothers, Ajax and Gerald, and Clarissa whom they loved. Rakehells of Merrie England, the Stacys are plunged into the whirlpool of politics and religion through their contacts with Princess Mary and her wanton Lady Charlotte. Then Charletts betrays erald, who is banished; Ajax blames Clarissa and leaves for the colonies. And follows, knowing she is to bear Ajax' child. When she finds only erald, she marries him, concealing from him the fact of her son's father; and she learns to run his plantation and to rule him and his property. When Ajax turns up, her revenge is quickly played out; she lets him have his son and heir, and even after Gerald's death, chooses to stay on in Virginia, and build for the second son there. Satisfactory blend of color, events, and problems of period as background for sex battles and conquest. Good solid historical fiction for escape reading.