Albion Hamlin is a young farmer and lawyer at the dawn of the Nineteenth Century. When he is pressured into defending Thomas Bailey, writer of a political opinion piece, who uis accused of breach of the Alien and Sedition Act his life is forever changed.
Upon the death of his client, Albion sets off to Haiti in search of Thomas's niece and heir, Lydia Bailey, who is governess to two little French boys in Port-Au-Prince.
In Haiti he becomes good friends with the perspicatious, jolly King Dick, and becomes embroiled in the slave revolt against the French. He finds himself fighting for Toussaint L'Ouverteur under the command of Dessalines.
At last he is able to find and rescue Lydia Bailey, with whom he immediately falls in love, and whom he marries.
After they make their escape from Haiti Albion and Lydia are captured while sailing the Meditterranean and taken to Tripoli, where they are kept as slaves. Once again they are embroiled in politics, warfare, and adventure.
I loved Lydia Bailey! The history and politics were obvioulsy well-researched, and the adventure and daring escapades were exciting.
The only mild criticism I have is that I thought the characters of Albion Hamlin and especially Lydia Bailey should have been a bit less perfect; a bit more flawed.
I loved the character of King Dick, though.
However, it's the plot that drives this novel, so the slight weaknesses in the characters in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the book.I'll re-iterate that I loved Lydia Bailey!