Mira, Oct 2004, 6.99, 512 pp.
In 1798 Ireland ten years old Devlin O'Neill watches English Captain Harold Hughes cut off the head of his father and burn his family property. He vows to one day avenge his sire's murder.
In 1812 with her parents recently dead, her aristocratic English uncle sends eighteen years old Virginia Hughes to finishing school for the next three years before he plans to marry her off. She hates the school so she leaves and returns to her family's Virginia plantation Sweet Briar where she learns the place is bankrupt and will be sold to pay off debts. Virginia decides to visit her Uncle Harold to obtain funding for her plantation.
Also in 1812, Devlin is the best of “His Majesty's Pirates” so Lord Liverpool reassigns him and his crew of the Defiance from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic to frighten American ships into turning around. Though he has had much success financially destroying Harold, he learns that his enemy's niece is sailing from America. Devlin abducts Virginia on the high seas to use as a pawn. However, her courage and conviction begins to mend his heart as they fall in love, but Uncle Harold stands between them.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner