March 1784 … It is a time of peace and most of His Majesty’s fleet is laid up. However the frigate Undine is despatched to India and beyond. Even though the war with France is temporarily over, the far side of the world promises plenty of action for Undine’s captain, Richard Bolitho. The nations of Europe are greedy for trade and colonies and tension in remote areas of the East Indies soon comes to boiling point. Bolitho has to face the new threats alone, and rally Undine’s small company to a new type of warfare where there is no specified line of battle or higher patriotic cause.