It’s 1642, and England is tearing itself apart. Jacob Emerick, the youngest son of the Merchants Emerick, shipping owners, must save the family’s gold and ships, under threat from a mighty family, the Fowkes, supporters of the King, who want their loan repaid now, despite the actual legal agreement.
In a small Kentish town full of bigoted Puritans he must negotiate with lenders prepared to seize everything the family owns for King Charles wants the money and ships, and loyalists to the King will do anything to help their despot and earn rich rewards.
On his journey Jacob finds the dead body of the Fowkes lawyer. It’s plainly murder, and Jacob becomes the prime suspect. Now he has to free himself of a murder charge, led by those bigoted Puritans, and fend off the treachery of Lady Fowke, eager to support the King. King and puritans want that money and those ships.
In a few short months Jacob sheds the easy bravado of privileged youth and become a deep thinker, powerful fighter, and a man of peace.
Targeted Age Group: adult fiction