This was a great piece of historical fiction. Andre'-Louise is a young lawyer whose best friend is killed by a member of the aristocracy for his revolutionary ideals. Andre'-Louise vows to take up the banner of his friend's revolutionary ideals after his attempts at justice are not realized.
"It was your eloquence he feared Phillipe," he said. "Then if I can get no justice for this deed, at least it shall be fruitless to him. The thing he feared in you, he shall fear in me. He feared that men might be swayed by your eloquence to the undoing of things such as himself. Men shall be swayed by it still. For your eloquence and your arguments shall be my heritage from you. I will make them own."
These words begin a swashbuckling adventure, that had me on the edge of my seat at times. The story slows down in a few spots, but if you're patient - you'll love this book. I kept wondering as I was reading it why someone hadn't made it into a movie.