Spring 1802. Richard Bolitho is summoned to the Admiralty to receive his orders for a difficult and thankless mission....
The recent Peace of Amiens is already showing signs of strain as old enemies wrangle over colonies won and lost during the war. In the little 64-gun Achates, Bolitho sails west for the Caribbean, to hand over the island of San Felipe to the French. But diplomacy is not enough.