Septimus and his men fight in a fierce battle to thwart French relieving forces marching to the besieged fortress of Almeida, before being sent to commandeer a supposed Spanish arsenal. Much to his consternation, an arrogant Spanish Count is foisted upon him after offering to help find the arsenal. However, Septimus discovers the Count has ulterior motives and takes drastic action that results in Seppy being hurriedly sent back to England, where plans are made to send him to distant shores until the fuss dies down. Books best read in series order.
About the ‘Man of Conflict Series’
Youngest son of a wealthy merchant, Septimus Pearce is a spoiled brat, wild and heedless. His recklessness promises to cost the family firm money and harm his father’s hopes of social advancement. His father forces him to join the army in an attempt straighten him out. However, even the disciplines of army life fail to completely exorcise his nastier character traits. But his callousness and indifference to suffering sometimes proves to be advantageous in the heat of battle, and he slowly gains the respect of his men.