This is an epic tale of the Morley family owning and living on a sugar cane plantation in 18th century Jamaica.
The story starts when Charles is a young man and falls in love with Catalina a slave girl. His father is not happy and sends him off to London to find a wife, which he does. He has a child by both his wife and his love, but obviously there are complications and so the family story weaves along the years.
I really enjoyed this sprawling story. I learned a bit of history, although I preferred the family saga part of this tale, rather than the historical warring parts.
As with the other books by this author, we get to see how the poor live in a time and part of the world we'd not want to imagine. However, this story is not sad or depressing, just a good tale.