By Eliot Pattison
Aboard a British convict send certain for the recent global, protagonist Duncan McCallum witnesses a chain of murders and obvious suicides between his fellow Scottish prisoners. a wierd path of clues leads Duncan into the recent global and at last thrusts him into the bloody maw of the French and Indian struggle. Duncan is indentured to the British Lord Ramsey, whose property within the uncharted manhattan woodlands is a middle of Darkness the place a number of warring factions are engaged in actual, mental, and non secular battle.
Exploring a frontier global shrouded at risk and defying demise in a barren region populated through ecu settlers, Indian shamans, and mysterious scalping events, Duncan, the exiled leader of his near-extinct Scottish extended family, unearths that typically justice can't be reached until the cultures and spirits of these concerned are appeased.
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Duncan was ready to stare down his god. The ship pitched forward into a trough of the angry sea and was suddenly clear of the fog. Duncan clutched the mast and dared a glance over the edge of the maintop platform, wary of being spotted again. Any moment they would be upon him, this time with clubs and chains, this time planning to strip his back raw. ” The sudden command from below stabbed like a blade. Duncan thrust himself back against the mast, the welts on his back afire again, then slowly straightened his tall, thin frame, studying the treacherous rigging above.
Duncan muttered after a moment, in a voice cracking with a new emotion. There was another chamber, often visited by Duncan, that held memories of long days spent with his grandfather, watching with awe as the fiery old Scot performed the duties of clan elder, protecting the innocent, filling the larders of the impoverished, dispensing rough justice among the tenants of the far-flung islands traditionally bound to their clan, even saving the drowning, for his grandfather had been the best swimmer in the isles.
We’re due in port soon. I’ll be given no chance to break free again. A member of the Company has but one way to express his freedom. ” “’Tis but seven years, McCallum. Don’t be so prideful. ” Duncan’s gaze drifted back toward the wind-whipped waves. “Are you suggesting, Mr. ” It was Lister’s turn to grow silent and turn his gaze toward the sea. ” he asked after a long moment. “They dragged me from my prison to make certain I was a witness. From the gallows they pronounced him an unrepentant traitor.