Families are divided by the growth of this new idea about the Puritan faith and the Morland family are not exempted. Richard brings home a bride who is not just a Puritan but wants to convert the Morland clan to the new faith. We have Edmund and his wife striving to maintain an oasis of calm amidst the war - all Edmund wants is to maintain the estate for the benefit of the generations to come. He does not care for Cromwell or the King - he just wants to get on with his business.
As the war goes on and on the clan is decimated - one by one sons, cousins, brothers, nephews all die - on this side or that and you get steadfast Edmund trying to cling to his beliefs and his estate amongst the spoils of war.
Again a story that could be read alone - despite it being part of a series. The Morland family tree relevant to the particular story is always part of the book which adds greatly to my interest.