I read this book about 15-Sep-2005. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1996. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 13:26:07 PDT.
This is book 18 of the "Aubrey-Maturin" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
The war is over, Napolean is imprisoned on Elba. Naturally a great many ships are paid off. Jack is commanding an old 74 on blockade duty.
Jack has disagreements with a neighbor landowner (a newcomer; who wants to inclose the commons) who is also a power in Parliament and in the Admiralty, and hasn't made himself a firm friend of the Amiralty in his own voting as a member of Parliament, either. In fact, he's in some danger of the worst thing that could happen to him—being "yellowed", promoted to Admiral without being assigned to any squadron or given any command.
Sophie eventually is ready to forgive Jack for the girl in Canada (her mother having found the letters while snooping in his office).
Stephen has a scheme where he and Jack go help with the independence of Chile, with Jack removed from the list but with a promise of reinstatement. This will keep Jack safe for a while (politically).
And, in the end, the admiral Jack thought had snubbed him in England writes to tell him to take over the ships where he is and go start fighting the war again, because Napolean has escaped from Elba.