Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2015
"What goes around comes around"--Jamie Fraser saves that life of a young spy, John Grey, and is in turn not shot with his compatriots by Harold Grey, Earl of Melton, who is John Grey's older brother (the Earl sends him home, believing he'll die on the way). We also find out that Jack Randall is definitely dead--a blessing. Jamie is cured of his leg injury by his sister Jenny, who, as a last resort, pours boiling water on his leg to stop the blood poisoning. Jamie lives in a cave for years, but when he's convinced he will not avoid capture eventually, he deeds Lallybroch, his country estate, to his nephew, Jenny's oldest son who bears his name. He then arranges to be captured and is sent to Ardsmuir prison where he becomes the leader of the prisoners. He also becomes the favorite--to an unwanted extent--of Lord John Grey who is now the warden of the prison. When Jamie will not do what Lord Grey wants--show him where the gold meant for Bonnie Prince Charlie is hidden, and be his lover--Lord Grey sends him to a stud farm in England,run by Lord Dunsany. Lord Dunsany has two daughters. His oldest, Geneva, is being forced to marry and old man and she talks and blackmails Jamie, who goes by the name of MacDubh, to sleep with her, to teach her about sexual love. He does, she gets pregnant and dies giving birth to Jamie's son. Because of this boy, Jamie is given a pardon and he goes back to Scotland where he is a printer with illegal doings on the side. Meanwhile, in the 20th century, Roger McKenzie is searching history for Claire, trying to find out what happened to Jamie Fraser--if he did, indeed, survive Culloden. He did, and is still alive! Claire is determined to go back to the Scotland of 200 year ago to be with Jamie.
With her she takes some penicillin and pictures of their daughter, Brianna, now a young, beautiful, red-haired woman (she and Roger have a "thing" going). [This is her 3rd trip through time; she says a 4th would mean her death.] She finds Jamie in the print shop, and the two of them review and renew their love, they also find Ian Fraser, the 14 year old son of Jenny, Jamie's sister and Ian, her husband. The boy has run away. They take him home and then, with Ian, the boy, they go looking for the hidden gold. Ian dives into the sea where Jamie has told him to look and is kidnapped by pirates. Jamie and Claire, out of guilt feelings and love for Ian, go to France and get Jamie's cousin, Jared, an importer, to help them get a ship so they can look for the ship that kidnapped Ian. They board the Artemis, a small Scottish ship, and sail away to find the Porpoise, the British ship that Jared thinks took Ian. [Jamie's seasickness is managed by acupuncture, courtesy of a Chinese man running away from China.] They find the Porpoise and find that there's an epidemic on board. The Captain of the Porpoise kidnaps Claire, knowing she is a doctor. Many die, but many more would have without Claire. When she finds out they do not intend to return her to the Artemis, she jumps ship and ends up on a West Indies island.
She finds not only Jamie, but the "white witch" Gellis Duncan, now Mrs.Abernathy, and she has Ian, and will sacrifice him to the "powers that be" in order to time-travel to the 20th century. She brings him to a cave where she will kill him, but Jamie and Claire get there and SHE is killed and Ian saved. Jamie, Claire, and Ian get back on the Artemis (the Porpoise chases them but is wrecked in a storm) and, though the storm throws Claire and Jamie overboard, they land on shore in Georgia of the New World and so does Ian and the shipwrecked crew of the Artemis. [In Georgia, Ian finds a dog--part or all wolf?--and as a dog lover I must now go on and read DRUMS OF AUTUMN.]