Adam Crozier’s adventures take him from the battlefields of the Spanish Peninsular War to the savage Wild Coast of South Africa. He is wounded at the Battle of Vitoria and becomes infatuated with the beautiful young nun who nurses him – a love that is doomed from the outset. When Napoleon is finally beaten and sent into exile on Elba he returns to his family estate, encountering and besting murderous highwaymen along the way. There he rescues and falls in love with Lady Maureen Broxton. After an inconclusive duel with the jealous Sir Henry Broxton Adam goes to London where he is recruited by his erstwhile commanding officer, Brigadier John Robertson. Robertson heads an intelligence service for the British Government. Adam’s investigation of a gun-running operation leads him to Sir Henry. Sir Henry evades capture and sails for South Africa taking Lady Maureen with him. Adam pursues them in HMS Marlin and his quest ends explosively at the shark-infested mouth of the Fish River.