The Tyrant is the eagerly awaited third volume in Patricia Veryan's series of romantic adventures set in Georgian England, The Golden Chronicles. The year is 1746, and as the beautiful Phoebe Ramsay, who is in love with Brooks Lambert, prepares herself for the Ramsay Summer Ball, she can hardly suspect that she will be betrothed before the night is over to a virtual stranger-a man named Meredith Carruthers, who is also known as The Tyrant.
With this third volume in The Golden Chronicles series, Veryan continues the adventures of Bonnie Prince Charlie's partisans. An unwilling conspirator, but loyal to old friends, wealthy bachelor Meredith Carruthers is caught up in Jacobite stratagems to intercept an important section of a crucial cipher. Part of the conspiracy involves Carruthers's feigned but public engagement to nubile Phoebe Ramsay, who is semibetrothed to another and eventually will be revealed as a double agent in pursuit of the legendary treasure that Charles Stuart is attempting to have smuggled to France. Fustian subplots include romantic liaisons, a staged duel and kidnapping, and other contrivances to secure the safety of Jacobite friends and relatives, before the predictable union of Meredith and Phoebe. Practice to Deceive and Journey to Enchantment are the predecessors in this Georgian romance series.