What made Rob Roy MacGregor act as he did on the battlefield of Sheriffmuir that decided the Jacobite Uprising of 1715?
A hero, a paladin, and a man whose courage at least has never been questioned, he earned that day a widespread discreditthat even his dashing and romantic reputation has never really lived down.
Was it callousness, sheer self interest, or even base treachery? Or was it something much more in keeping with his known character, something which seems never to have been considered as a reason.
Here is a stirring and dramatic story, based on the famed freebooter's activities during the eventful years when the Houses of Hanover and Stuart were jockeying for the throne, when politics reached as low and as murky a level as these islands have ever known.
And here too is the terrible story of lovely, proud Mary MacGregor, who paid a price for her love that made her declare that her own mother's bones would shrink aside from hers in the very grave.
This tense and forceful story takes up the MacGregor story where Nigel Tranter's ' MacGregor's Gathering ' left off.