In the final decade of the Eighteenth Century, the Kingdom of France, its people suffering severe poverty because of the overwhelming financial woes of the country, as well as discriminatory treatment of the underclasses, broke out in violent revolution. At first taking their cue from the previous struggle of the then fledgling United States, the rebellion soon degenerated.
The initial violence began to feed upon itself and bloody revolution spread across all of France. Surprisingly, the struggle spread into neighboring countries.
Early in 1793, Great Britain and Republican France went to war. This lasted, with a pair of short interruptions, until 1815.
For much of this war, Britain strained at every seam to prevent French forces from crossing the Channel. For much of the war, the Royal Navy was the bulwark that prevented invasion, just as it did a century and a half in the future.
Our fictional Royal Naval officer in this book is representative of those larger than life figures that saved the British Isles from conquest.