The men have been contracted to build a garrison for the Duke of Keswick's estate which disguises their true purpose of smuggling arms into the Britain as part of their plan to the exiled heir, James, to the monarchy. A true Scott, Jenna is loyal to her father and the clan; however, she develops a relationship with the Duke's troubled son, Alex Pembroke. He and two of his friends, Charles and Ian, have recently returned to Keswick after being thrown out of university again, and the Duke has brokered an engagement for Alex with Lady Lucia, a rather self-absorbed heiress whose family needs to establish a marriage with a man of fortune. Spoiled and self-absorbed, Lucia prefers making an entrance and "bore a strong resemblance to an aggravated peacock." (Sackier 62)
A woman ahead of her time, Jenna is the opposite of Lady Lucia. Independent and an avid reader, Jenna's father insures that she is tutored by the men of her clan. When Daniel arrives on the Duke's estate, Jenna is tapped to accompany him to the Preston Market in order to retrieve the coded names of Jacobite soldiers who were sympathetic to their cause. As a woman, Jenna would not seem suspicious; however, she would make half the return journey alone with provisions and the secret list for her father. Armed with "A finely tuned bow and arrow and a razor-edged sgian dubh" (249), Jenna will face much more than thieves and enemies on her way home.
Sackier, Shelley. The Freemason's Daughter. New York, NY: HarperTeen, an Imprint of HarperCollins, 2017. Print.