The year is 1777. As the brooding mists of war settle over a stark American battlefield, Captain Ritcherd Buchanan yearns for his native England, and for Kyrah Payne, the woman he loves. Wounded and disheartened, he eventually returns home, only to have Kyrah torn cruelly away from him and deported for a crime she did not commit. Desperate to bring her home, he joins a band of privateers and finds himself embracing the American patriots cause, a cause he'd once sworn to defeat.
All alone in a country at war, Kyrah becomes a victim of the breach between her own impoverished circumstances and the aristocratic upbringing of the man she loves. They had been best friends and confidants for more than half her life, but now she wonders if Ritcherd will ever be able to find her, or if he'll even try. And she fears that the chasm between their worlds can never be bridged.
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