An eccentric collector, pottering around a houseful of crumbling antiques, spots a hoary old chest -- and when he asks after it he's told it's not for sale . . . until, suddenly, it is. Burried in that wreck of a chest are the last relics of Hubert of Hastings, including his autobiography -- that is, the novel to follow. Hubert will end up in America, end up conquering Peru -- and that's hardly the half of the tale! -- Great fun for Haggard fans; highly recommended.