• In September 1856, Flashman enjoys retired life with his wife and son.
• Queen Victoria invites Flashman and his wife Elspeth to Balmoral castle. While Elspeth gets on famously with the Queen, Flashman talks to Prince Albert about Russia. He says he wants to sleep with another famous guest, Florence Nightingale, but never gets the chance to speak to her.
• The Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston summons Flashman and tells him he is back on active duty. His mission is to stop a rebellion in India. In particular, he needs to watch out for a Russian man called Ignatieff.
• Palmerstone tells Flashman their biggest problem in India is the court of Jhansi. The court is presided over by an Indian Rani who has no love for the British.
• The chapter ends with Flashman shocked to see his Russian adversary arriving at Balmoral.
• Flashman thinks that Ignatieff's arrival has compromised...
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