"In 1774, Richard Bolitho is a newly appointed Third Lieutenant, joining the 28-gun frigate Destiny. ... It is amidst the broadside battles and clash of swords that Bolitho learns to accept his new responsibilities as a King's officer."--Cover of 1998 pbk. ed.
Returning safely to England after the dramatic capture of Martinique, Vice Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds an all too brief respite from war and politics. But the shadow of a new conflict darkens the horizon as France forge an alliance with America, threatening the safety of British trade routes.
In February, 1806, the frigate carrying Vice Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho drops anchor off the shores of southern Africa. Bolitho's instructions are to assist in hastening the campaign in Africa, where an expeditionary force is attempting to recapture Cape Town from the Dutch.
1818: Captain Adam Bolitho is sent to North Africa in command of the frigate Onward. The war with France has ended at last, and Onward sails on a diplomatic mission with the French frigate Nautilus. Then the Nautilus becomes a sacrificial offering on the altar of Empire, and the hunt is on for a treacherous foe. Can the brotherhood of the sea transcend old hatreds and an ocean of blood?
1782. His Britannic Majesty's frigate Phalarope is ordered to assist the hard-pressed squadrons in the Caribbean. Aboard is her new commander--Richard Bolitho. To all appearances the Phalarope is everything a young captain could wish for. But beneath the surface she is a deeply unhappy ship--her wardroom torn by petty greed and ambition, her deckhands suspected of cowardice under fire and driven to near-mutiny by senseless ill-treatment
April 1797, Falmouth Bay. As France continues her bitter struggle for supremacy on land and sea, the Royal Navy receives a crippling blow at home: the Great Mutiny. Returning home after eighteen months' continuous service, Flag Captain Richard Bolitho finds himself at the center of the crisis. And his new commander, it seems, is a man who will brook no interference ...