The Terror is in full swing. Aristocrats and suspected enemies of the republic are being sent to the guillotine in their hundreds. At this moment of supreme peril, Philippe Kermorvant returns to the homeland he has never known…
Son of a renowned philosopher and writer who had been sent into exile by the Bourbon monarchy, Philippe has grown up in America during the Revolutionary war, where he gained his first naval experience. Subsequent service in the Russian navy of Catherine the Great has made him an experienced, battle-hardened seaman. The infant French republic, torn apart by civil war and threatened by powerful enemies, surely cries out for the services of a man like him – but his aristocratic birth and unusual upbring make him suspect and take him perilously close to Madame Guillotine.
Gaining a command in the French navy despite the odds against him, Philippe finds himself battling an unruly crew, a hostile first officer and the mighty, implacable enemy over the horizon, the British Royal Navy. On his ancestral estate, he finds himself hated by his half-brother Alexandre, although the feelings towards him of Alexandre’s beautiful wife Leonore are rather more ambiguous. Can Philippe overcome all these obstacles to fight for the republic and triumph over its enemies?