'Keeps you turning the pages to find out what happened next' Andrew Taylor, author of The Ashes of London
Thomas Chayne has always struggled against the weight of expectation as heir to his family estate, never managing to impress his overbearing but emotionally distant father, who expects nothing less than perfection.
When a small act of rebellion has lasting consequences, Thomas finds himself exiled to Oxford in disgrace. But with England on the brink of civil war, a larger revolution is in the air and Thomas has an opportunity to prove his worth by rallying a troop of royalists to defend the city from the escalating violence.
Yet he soon faces an impossible choice between honouring his family and his loyalty to the Crown …
'In a story full of twists and turns, vibrant with action, life and colour, Cynthia Jefferies expertly charts the vagaries of Thomas Chayne's journey from youth to maturity and brings his turbulent times vividly to life' Celia Rees, author of Witch Child