Frederick must sail his under-manned frigate to the Far East, the waters of the Spice Islands and beyond, in pursuit of a marauding French Squadron. He is able to make up his crew at the Cape, the army having a mutinous company of infantrymen that it wants rid of without scandal. He fights a pair of small actions and then a somewhat larger battle in the waters of East New Britain where the crew of a French ship are cast ashore, rapidly to be eaten by the local Tolai clansmen. The story of this action causes some upset in both France and Britain, it being implied that he bought the alliance of the Tolai – the Fuzzy-Wuzzies – with a supply of fresh French, ‘longpig’.
The Duty and Destiny Series is a superbly-crafted family saga with a strong naval/seafaring theme. Set in the period of the French Revolutionary War (1793 – 1802). The series follows the naval career, loves and business dealings of Englishman, Frederick Harris, the son of a Hampshire landowner. He is a brave but reluctant mariner. Despite his disinclination, he is seemingly destined to become a Master and Commander of his own ship. Books best read in series order.