This historical fiction is set at 1800 in the south coast of England. Thomas Paine's works have infiltrated the public, but his track record seen across the Channel left much to be desired. A young fanatical follower, Fitzwilliam Summers, has given his dockyard-raised orphan girlfriend, even younger, a miserable task to complete, which devastates her. Fortunately, she is led into the guidance of one of Pastor George Holford's ministries, where she becomes a resident in his orphanage. But now through help from Elnora, the orphanage governess, and through faith, Millie is recovering and has a heart for the children. Fitz has finished up some other nasty business on the coast which gives him double reason to remain in hiding. He hopes the revolution will come to England, but instead, a remarkable lecture tour by Pastor Holford helps shift the English public away. It was also about a fanatical revolution, and it strayed widely from accomplishing something constructive.