G.A. Henty novels are highly researched as well as drawn from his first-hand experiences of people, places, and events. Set in 1585 through 1604, this sequel to By Pike and Dyke continues the story of the Dutch Protestant struggle for independence from their Spanish Catholic rulers. Two English brothers experience the major conflicts in the struggle, meeting one of the greatest generals of the time, Sir Francis Vere. Their adventures include the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the battle of Cadiz and Ostend, life in Holland and Spain, and more. Henty?s legendary storytelling once again captures the reader?s imagination while educating them all the while.