Captain Richard Delancey heads for the East Indies on the 32-gun frigate Laura to take part in the capture of the Cape of Good Hope. His ingenious tactics gain the attention of his superiors, who recruit him for a high-stakes mission: to seek out and destroy the French privateer Subtile.
Cyril Northcote Parkinson pursued a distinguished academic career on both sides of the Atlantic and first became famous for Parkinson's Law --work expands to fill the time allotted to it. Parkinson wrote many books on British politics and economics. His first fictional effort, a biography of Horatio Hornblower, met with considerable acclaim and led to the Delancey series. C. Northcote Parkinson died in 1993.