1812 is the year and Portugal the location for this adventure. The characters for the most part are British officers.
Lord Strathern sends for his daughter Lady Mabel Stewart, presently in Scotland, to join him in Elvas where he has stationed his brigade for the winter. The debonair Colonel l'Lisle is the hero of our story.
The author provides a vivid look into the landscape, history, and people of that era and often touches on liturgy...sometimes, controversial among the characters. Very informative, it is more a travelogue than a romance, however. Enjoy!