Third in the series which began with The Renegade and Demelza this continues but does not necessarily conclude the history of the Poldarks, and particularly Ross and Demeiza. The year is 1790, and much of the insurgent restlessness of the times is manifest in Ross, an uncertain and, to some extent, alien figure. He now faces trial at theassizes for the rioting and assault with which the last book ended; his small daughter has died- and he is close to bankruptcy. Demelza with her charm is able to exert a little influence before the trial in which Ross undertakes his own defense- and is found not guilty. But he is still bitter and Demelza who is carrying another child, has reason to believe it is unwanted. But his personal relationships are more reconciled, his future more assured- by the close. The estrangement with his cousin, Francis, is forgotten in the partnership to open a new copper mine, and his son is born and accepted.....A traditional novel which is generous in character and incident and which holds an established interest for readers of the previous books.