Synopses & Reviews
It is 1814. Napoleon has abdicated as Emperor of the French. King Louis XVIII returns from English exile, escorted back to France by an Allied squadron. War has ended, and Europe celebrates the return of legitimate monarchy. But the victorious Allies are growing suspicious of one another. Tsar Alexander I believes himself the savior of the world, while Great Britain, whose power ensured victory at sea, remains at war with the United States. France's greatest survivor, Talleyrand, prepares to guide his battered country back to the forefront of European politics, while Bonapartist dissidents plot to restore the eagle whose shadow still lies across the continent. Drinkwater receives secret intelligence concerning a new and imminent danger that threatens the delicate peace.