Mrs. Keyes has woven fact and fiction together in a fascinating story of intrigue around a confederate agent named Paul Morphy. Paul was only 10 when he showed his father how to defeat his uncle in chess. He traveled across the country and to Europe as a chess player but his supreme opportunity came as a Confederate agent in Paris. This is a major historical novel with its prime setting in New Orleans then shifting to Mobil, Boston, New York, even London, Spain. Paul touches the lives of such great civil War leaders as Beauregard, Benjamin and Slidell, with their families. Mrs. Keyes does a wonderful job letting the reader experience the places and people accurately with an intriguing fictional story. Good reading.