In the 23rd century, the Public Eye, a television-like device that lets everyone see what everyone else is doing, has turned warfare into a spectator sport. One of particular interest involves the Scottish border regions' fight with the English. Wat Dryhope, leader of the Ettrick clan, pretends to surrender his clan's standard during a climactic battle, only to resume attack and win a draw. The trick gives him heroic standing and revolutionizes the rules of battle, setting off a global change in human combat. Though he seeks a more peaceful existence for his people, Dryhope's performance in warfare makes him the "history maker" of the novel's title. |
A tale of border warfare, military and erotic, set in the Ettrick Forest in the 23rd century. Wat Dryhope, son of the Ettrick chief, is unhappy with his clan's violent and permissive lifestyle. Only when challenged by the seductive Delilah Puddock does he learn to embrace the traditional values.