Story set in 16th Century, depicting characters in Scotland and the Low Countries and their relationships and activities, set against the social fabric of their time.
The wagon track from Backhills House down to Glendevon was fairly steep and Alex guided the horses gently down until, in the glen itself, the track merged with the north/south public track and he set off for the Glenquay to Dollar hill road with more speed. The glen itself was clothed in the colours of late summer and the many trees, which followed the southward course of the River Devon, showed the first signs of autumnal shades, of amber, yellow, bronze and red.
Turning west Alex took the steep brae up past the mill buildings at Glenquay and on to the track over the watershed at the foot of the hills, emerging eventually at the imposing site of Castle Campbell. The castle had been built about two hundred years before and was first called Castle Gloume but Alex’s ancestor, the mighty Lord of Argyll, had bought the place about one hundred years before when it became known by its present name. The castle stood high on a promontory above the small village of Dollar. Colin Campbell himself had been wounded some years before in a general defence of the castle against the supporters of Queen Mary. The castle had fell and the defenders lucky to escape alive but no great damage had befallen the place.