Carlisle’s ship Dartmouth joins the Mediterranean Squadron in the late spring of 1760. As the smallest class of ships-of-the-line, Dartmouth isn’t wanted in the squadron’s line-of-battle and is sent to the Kingdom of Sardinia to deliver the British Envoy, then to cruise the Italian coast. It sounds like a simple task but Carlisle falls out with the envoy, is attacked by a vastly superior French seventy-four gun ship, and finds that all is not well with his wife’s Sardinian family. The Ligurian Sea – the area between Corsica, France and what is now northwest Italy – is the scene of Captain Carlisle’s greatest challenge so far as he balances politics, family and the enemy; and finds it difficult to disentangle the three.
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