The fifteenth Bolitho novel.
Spring 1802: Richard Bolitho is summoned to the Admiralty to receive his orders for a difficult and thankless mission . . .
The recent Peace of Amiens is already showing signs of strain as old enemies wrangle over colonies won and lost during the war. In the little sixty-four-gun "Archates", Bolitho sails west for the Caribbean, to hand over the island of San Felipe to the French.
But diplomacy is not enough.