By Allan Mallinson
Struggle at sea: whereas Matthew Hervey is on the point of re-join his regiment in England, his shut good friend Captain Peto is at sea getting ready his amazing line-of-battle send for conflict with the Turks.
1827: Captain Peto has simply taken command of HMS Prince Rupert, the single three-decker line-of-battle send in His Majesty’s Fleet — a wood fort whose ambitious firepower is the equivalent and extra of Bonaparte’s grand battery at Waterloo. yet his trip to the Aegian, the place Admiral Codrington’s flagship awaits him, are usually not gentle crusing, having as he does, a principally green staff. He’s additionally been entrusted with the secure passage to Malta of the Admiral’s youngest daughter — a state of affairs that's faraway from perfect for Peto and his crew.
A yr on, and Hervey is in London improving from a up to date bout of malaria. All is determined reasonable for his upcoming marriage, and his next go back to lively accountability within the Cape. yet hassle lies forward as family members commitments conflict with affairs of the guts, and Hervey unearths himself embroiled in an army enquiry which could bring about public humiliation.
As the cataclysmic sea-battle of Navarino Bay looms ever nearer for Peto and his group, Hervey faces a regimental hindrance that could be past even his functions.