The 11th installment in the Aubrey/Maturin series.
Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N., ashore after a successful cruise, is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain investments in the City. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage—the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubreys humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot? This dark tale is a fitting backdrop to the brilliant characterization and sparkling dialogue which OBrian readers and listeners have come to expect.
In the early 1800s, the British Navy stands as the only bulwark against the militant fanaticism of Napoleonic France. When Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N., returns from a tour of duty protecting whalers off South America and is lured into the criminal underground of London, friend Stephen Maturin steps in.