It is 1772, the eve of the American Revolution, and the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit.  Governor Josiah Martin calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown.  But there is one problem:  Jamie Fraser’s wife, Claire, is a time-traveler, as well as his daughter and son-in-law.  And Jamie knows that three years hence, the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the end of it all will be independence – with those loyal to the king either dead or in exile.  Beyond everything else, though, looms the threat of a tiny clipping from the Wilmington Gazette dated 1776, which reports the destruction of the house on Fraser’s Ridge and the death by fire of James Fraser and all his family.

For once, Jamie Fraser hopes the time-travelers in his family are wrong about the future – but only time will tell

This had to be the most complex of the series so far.  And I have a feeling it can only get more so.  But that means it’ll get better.  This had a lot of plot twists and turns, most of them unpredictable.  But that’s what made it oh so juicy.  I’d start the next one – I want to, believe me – but I don’t want to get tired of the series.

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