In this short story, Commander Ian Rollins from “The Thunderbolt Affair” is enjoying a rare respite from prepping his submersible crew for deployment to the Cape of Good Hope when he is summoned by the enigmatic Mr. Cooper-Smythe. This time the Admiralty’s clandestine agent requires his assistance to investigate a clairvoyant with an affinity for fire.
"It is underhanded, unfair, and damned un-English.”
The British Empire is in danger of collapse and teeters on the brink of war with the Kaiser Reich. Spies and saboteurs play at deadly games in the British shipyards. Ian Rollins is collateral damage in their shadow war. To survive he has to master the skills necessary to command the Her Majesty's Submersible Holland Ram.