Mathew arrives home from years at war to find that everything has changed. Finding his sweetheart married to another man he throws himself into business and amasses wealth and influence – but when that other man is falsely accused of murder he throws everything he has into saving him. He pits his cunning and wealth against the prejudice, privilege and corruption in his own town and in Edinburgh, to varying degrees of success.
This story was told almost shockingly straight. Chronologically, factually, with little mystery or intrigue. Though it had all the elements of a great plot I found myself disappointed in how it was delivered, and not particularly attached to anyone or anything it was presenting me with.