Caught up in the American War for Independence, young Stephen Monroe is excited to be joining his older brother, Captain William Monroe, in the war at sea. But as he joins him there, he also encounters Lieutenant William Morris, who stands for a very different understanding of the Revolution than does his brother. Stephen only gradually comes to realize that these are actually two forces battling for the soul of America's future. Along the way, he meets Lady Huntington, an aristocratic English lady on her way to join her father, who is serving with Lord Cornwallis, and he also stumbles into the great battle of Cowpens. As the story comes to its climax, Stephen is forced to decide which American Revolution he will be part of.
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