I have had a long lasting interest in Regency England and the Napoleonic wars period. Stockwin's evocation of both the two overlapping societal and sea wars has been continually mastered. In this story the brash kid (Kydd) that wooed Persephone all those years ago was clean gone. To come abruptly against her, and she to him was a complete shock to both. Stockwin artfully leads us on.