* The Dowager Queen of Scotland, Mary de Guise, is about to set sail for France in the mid-1500s and wants Crawford of Lymond precede her in order to spy for her during her visit.
* Mary de Guise is of French birth, was brought to Scotland as King James V's bride and has now been left a widow with a war, a baby queen, and several rebellious nobles.
* The ship bound for France, La Sauvee, is headed to Dieppe with a load of Irish guests headed
to the French court.
* Robin Stewart, a Scottish archer in on board and in search of fame and fortune.
* The most important person aboard the ship is the Prince of Barrow, Phelim O'LiamRoe, who has annoyed the crew with his incessant...
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