This is the second in the much loved and famous Aubrey/Maturin series of novesl set in the Napoleonic wars. Jack Aubrey returns to England following the Peace of Amiens and begins to live the life of a country gentleman. He is however reduced to being a pauper overnight and flees to the continent. Here is is hunted by Napoleons's regime, and his adventures on land are as gripping as those at sea. PB. 480pp.