Brockway’s books are generally a delight to read, and this is no exception. This volume, which starts the Rose Hunter trilogy, is set in the Scottish Highlands in 1804, following a brief prologue set in York several years earlier. During this earlier period, Kate Nash Blackburn is grieving the deaths of both her husband and her father. Three men visit Kate and her family, to vow their help should it ever be needed: their lives were spared through her father’s sacrifice. In 1804, Kate finds herself in need of the help of one of these men. Historical details are woven throughout: the effects of poverty upon a society family, the Clearances, the after-effects of the French Revolution. Brockway’s characters are a pleasure to spend time with.