Summary (Masterplots, Definitive Revised Edition)
In the secluded back country of South Carolina, two men in the service of the revolutionary colonial forces were traveling together. They were Major Arthur Butler and his shrewd sergeant, a man known throughout the region as Horse-shoe Robinson, because of his former occupation as a blacksmith. Although they passed as chance travelers, they were on a secret mission to trace the movements of the enemy and to enlist aid for the cause of colonial independence.
Before setting out on their dangerous journey, Arthur Butler was moved to stop near Dove-Cote, the residence of Mr. Lindsay, a Loyalist gentleman who had come to the territory to live because he wished to avoid the conflict between the colonists and the British government. He was loyal to the crown because of financial interests in England, but his son Henry was sympathetic to the American cause. Mildred, Lindsay’s daughter, was in love with Arthur Butler, but because of the Major’s connections with the Colonial Army, Mr. Lindsay had forbidden her to see Butler. For this reason, they met secretly in a grove not far from Dove-Cote. After the meeting, she returned unseen to Mr. Lindsay’s house, and Butler and Horse-shoe Robinson went to the inn of Mistress Dimock, not far away.
That night at the inn, Horse-shoe encountered a Tory spy named James Curry, a stealthy rascal who was passing as the servant of Mr. Tyrrel, a guest at Dove-Cote. Tyrrel, a disguised British officer, was often at...
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