An outlaw in his beloved England, Gideon Viscount St. Mars
(Blue Satan) finds freedom on his estate in France, but he
cannot find peace. The Jacobites (followers of the
Pretender, James Stuart), anxious to mount their rebellion,
request his help.
Exiled in Lorraine and cut off from his adherents, James
sends emissaries to tempt Gideon to the cause. The reward
will be reinstatement to his father's title as Earl of
Hawkhurst. With his own inheritance unjustly taken from
him, Gideon has new sympathy for James. He agrees to return
to England-to seek out the Duke of Ormonde and discover
when the rising will take place.
In London, Gideon finds that Hester Kean has become
entangled in a web of Jacobite spies. He warns her of the
danger, but when a Jacobite is murdered at the opera,
Gideon must choose between his promise to the Pretender and
his concern for Mrs. Kean. While Walpole's agents threaten
the conspirators, Gideon, as the highwayman Blue Satan,
helps Hester solve a mystery that bears all the signs of
The Spider's Touch.
Second in the award-winning Blue Satan Mystery series,
featuring the highwayman Blue Satan and his true-hearted
friend Mrs. Kean.