of the Deplorable Dandy
becomes a soldier of fortune to improve his family's finances. He
is captured and imprisoned while supposedly carrying a letter from
Madame Pompadour that could cause political upheaval.
His sister, Elspeth,
tries unsuccessfully to enlist the aid of several friends to free
him from the castle in France where he is imprisoned.
Since they could not
help her, she reaches an understanding with quick tempered dandy,
Gervaise Valerian. He needs a lady to assist him in his scheme to
smuggle his wanted father out of England into France. In return,
he will help her free Vance. Though neither is enchanted with the
other, they embark on their endeavor. They are pursued by authorities
from both sides of the Channel and unknown assailants.
of the Deplorable Dandy provides
a glimpse of life in Georgian England with its aristocrats' manners
and dress beautifully described in rich detail.
The action is fast
paced and suspenseful. The plot is well developed with enough adventure
to keep the reader's attention. A light ouch is supplied in comedic
relief by Gervais' cousin, Herbert, and Elspeth’s abigail,