The Declaration of Independence has just been signed, and Philmore Fothergill is more than aware of the serious times that are ahead.
He makes a strong commitment to fight for the cause of the Revolution, but the distraction of the beautiful Miss Millicent Galloway is almost more than he can handle. Millicent’s father is a member of the Loyalists and Philmore’s love for her puts him in grave danger.
Philmore finds himself in the role of “Spy”. In his position as gentleman in colonial society, it is quite easy for him to associate with the Loyalist gentry in order to learn what he can to pass along to General Washington. If it were not for his trusty friend, Elias Gusset, his efforts for the cause might never find success.
Their Spy Ring also includes some very industrious “Ladies” in the local Tavern as they assist in the theft of important documents and help to get them on their way to General Washington.
Some of the tale is told by Master Fothergill’s furniture. After all, THEY were THERE when it happened.
The story winds up in the Present where we find that the Fothergill home has been put on the National Registry of Historic Homes. Philmore’s story of heroism has been lost in time and his proud and loyal furniture is distraught at not being able to get his wonderful story told. This time it’s Elias’s ancestor, Melvin Gusset (Gus), who comes to the rescue. Because of his ancestry, and much to his shock, Melvin finds he can hear the furniture speak.
At last, the furniture is finally able to pass on Philmore Fothergill’s hidden diary which tells the whole story and in the process, Gus achieves a new-found pride in his ancestry.
Though fictional, this story is based on historical fact and the historic events have been carefully researched.