G.A. Henty novels are highly researched as well as drawn from his first-hand experiences of people, places, and events. From 1579 through 1585, the heroic Dutch Protestants fight for freedom from Catholic Spanish rule. Few know of the persistent efforts of the Prince of Orange, known as William the Silent, or the huge obstacles he faced as the leader of the Dutch. Through the eyes of Ned Martin you will be taken back to these turbulent and troubled times. Learn about the noble character of William the Silent, 16th Century Dutch history, and the brutality of the Spanish. Ned enters the service of the Prince as a volunteer, and is employed by him in many dangerous missions, in the discharge of which he passes through the great sieges of the time.