The third time-travel thriller after Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, which once more vividly depicts life in Europe in the 18th century.
The brave Highland laird Jamie Fraser, our hero, makes it to a cave near his estate after surviving the battle. He hides for several years there, turns himself in to the English to protect his dependents, who are nearly starving, and ends up in prison.
Claire Randall, Jamie's lifelong love, is raising her and Jamie's daughter and working as a doctor in postwar England.
After their daughter is grown up, Claire looks at historical documents to find out what happened to Jamie, finds out he survived Culloden, and goes back through the circle for the third and final time to meet Jamie in 18th-century Scotland, 20 years after they parted ways.
They are soon on the run again from the English after a passionate reunion, and the journey is full of surprises. Jamie's nephew was kidnapped by a mysterious ship, and the two and their ragtag crew are chasing it. They dodge pirates, fight a witch, survive saber slashes, gunshots, typhoid, and violent tropical storms at sea.
Claire must decide what she will do. She must also find the courage to face the passion and pain that await her as time and space come full circle—the deadly plots raging in a divided Scotland.