As they neared the
Mercat Cross, Jamie saw the red-coated soldiers, the horse-drawn cart
with two prisoners, and townspeople gathering, their breath smoking in
the frigid air. Filled with dread of what was about to happen, Jamie
dismounted near the crowd and tied his horse to a post. Archie slid
down, dropped his reins, and plucked at Jamie’s sleeve. “Stay, lad. It
is too late. Ye can only do yerself harm in tryin’ tae interfere with
Jamie pulled away. “But, I must save my mama!” he sobbed.
“The soldiers will put yer back tae the lash, as weel as hers.” He
seized Jamie in a tight grip and held him close.
“They canna do this!” came out in a hoarse whisper.
“Aye, they can and they will,” growled Archie.
The Highlands of Scotland in 1744 roil with intrigue and hopes for a
rising against the hated Hanoverian monarchy in London. As in the past,
the clans look to the powerful Drummond family of Strathallan for
leadership. Is the time right to support the impetuous Bonnie Prince
Charlie, who promises to restore the House of Stewart to the throne?
Political machinations mean little to six-year-old Jamie Drummond,
eventual heir of Strathallan. Steeped in the traditions and legends of
the glorious past of his people, he experiences the coming of war to his
Highland home as an adventure.
The reality and suffering of war and its aftermath become all too real
to young Jamie, as he and his mother flee the advancing enemy to find
refuge with her family in the mountainous north.
But war, death, and intrigue soon follow the Drummonds.
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