The discovery of an abandoned Spanish merchant ship off the coast of America plunges the Ludlows into a far-reaching conspiracy fueled by jealousy, ambition and nationalistic fervor. The Bucephalas lies trapped under the gaping muzzles of the 32-pounder Spanish guns of New Orleans' harbor fort. It quickly becomes clear that the corridors of the governor's residence are just as busy with treachery, doubled-dealing, and murder as the back alleys of the sweltering city outside.
"Donachie has made Ludlow the most compulsively readable amateur detective since Dick Francis' latest ex-jockey." -- Cambridge Evening News "A must for armchair mariners... It's superb stuff." -- Manchester Evening News