The Duke of Wellington was on course to save Portugal during the Peninsula War but his success was dependant upon the loyalty of each and every one of his officers. When an unexpected blunder takes place, disloyal plotters seize their opportunity to cause havoc, and thwart Wellington s worthy plans. The result is a complex case of intrigue, revenge and tested loyalties."
Rafael Sabatini was born to an English mother and Italian father, both well-known opera singers. At 17 Sabatini moved to England, where, after a brief stint in the business world, he started to write. His major breakthrough came with Scaramouche, which became an international bestseller and was followed by the equally successful Captain Blood. All his earlier books were then rushed into reprint. Many of his novels were subsequently adapted into classic films, which appealed to both a male and female market with their drama, romance and action, set against a variety of historical settings.