* The aged Harry Flashman is playing with his great grandchildren by a lake. They are singing a song about John Brown, which reminds Flash of his own adventures with the famous abolitionist.
* Flashman states that Brown is both the saint that the poets depict and the brute his biographers have represented.
* The story flashes back to Calcutta in 1859 where he is waiting for a ship to take him back to England.
* When Flash is caught with a woman called Lady Plunkett, he escapes to Cape Town. Here he is invited by Governor Grey to a party in Grey's castle.
* At the party, a beautiful young woman introduces Flash to John Charity Spring. The two have previously met and hate each other.
* Spring takes Flash out onto the balcony to warn him to stay away from his daughter. Flash knows Spring well enough to agree, but still...
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