Blandford Candy, rake and spy, travels to the colonies on family business. He becomes embroiled in a quest for a priceless emerald cross, once destined for the Pope in Rome but lost in the American wilderness.
Our hero has to escape a mutinous pirate crew, warring settlers, and hostile native tribes, but Blandford soon realises that there are others searching for the jewel. A Jesuit agent, Father William Francis, and his renegade band hunt for Candy along the banks of the Susquehanna River.
Blandford cannot escape from England’s civil war, as the colonies burn during The Plundering Time. The pioneering colonist, Margaret Brent, struggles to hold Maryland together in the conflict. Candy must choose a side, if he is to make it home before the relentless Father Francis can catch him.
It is a new world but Blandford has the same old problems.