“Love is a matter of geography and circumstance. James Lachlan is the son of an Earl, a gentleman of means and an engineering offi cer in the British army. Circumstance required him to absent himself from England for three years. Nicola is the daughter of a USA cattle rancher and an educated eastern lady. Nicola’s father was a man deemed unfi t to marry Nicola’s mother by her Boston family. The Waltham family was ostracized on Nicola’s parent’s marriage. Nicola had both her parents killed by an Indian raiding party, was abused by unfeeling outlaws and had her ranch and stock stolen from her while she recovered from the abuse. Because of the abuse she was also ostracized by the townspeople where she was born. Without funds, family and friends Nicola was forced to earn a living as a dance hall girl. This then is the love story of James and Nicola how they met and overcame their many trials and tribulations to fall in love and despite all opposition to fi nally marry. They sought and were fi nally accepted back into the bosoms of their families. James however never knew what his strong willed red headed wife would do next and thought “My life may not always be quiet and peaceful but it will always be interesting”.