Charles Gordon, son of Sir James of Gordon, Earl of Ravenhurst, and Lady Margaret, is placed in the care of John and Mary Abell while still a baby.
“George”, as they call him, has not yet been told by the Abells that he is not their real son but they love him just as dearly as they love their other children.
At age ten, George, on returning home after a delightful day with Joel (whom he thinks is his twin), is faced with the shocking revelation when two men arrive on the scene to take him away to his birthplace in Scotland.
The Abells admit the truth to him and George is then obliged to part with those he loves most to a home unknown to him.
This bitter separation is to be merely the first of many crosses to bear.
However, after meeting his real mother, he is warned by her not to trust Godfrey either. Both want Gordon to deny his Faith. It is only their methods that differ.
If he is ever in need of help, his mother tells him he can trust Benson, the old nurse at Ravenhurst, Muckle John, and old Edwin, the gate warden.
Gordon learns from Father that Lady Margaret has been threatened by Roger that if she ever dares to speak to her son about the Faith he would execute the law to the fullest since he is now acting Earl of Ravenhurst.
She is found out and is then imprisoned as is Gordon’s father.
Sir Roger hopes that Gordon will relent but Gordon, turning to God for help, and kissing the stain of the Precious Blood on the mantle, is then inspired to escape through the secret passageways that his mother has told him about.
After many adventures, Gordon is finally reunited to his parents. They emigrate to America to be able to practice their beloved Catholic religion.
The Catholic Faith is thus his first priority.
Muckle John understands the lesson.
Gordon is a role model for any young man. He is “all boy” at play and all man where courage, endurance and self-sacrifice are called for in the face of danger and in defence of the Faith.
The teacher can give some background in using Warren Carroll’s History of Christendom (Volume IV).
This is no wonder since the story combines thrilling adventures (once you start the book, it is hard to put down) with tremendous inspiration (especially the martyrdom of Sir Angus).
It is a must read for Catholic students.
Thanks to Edocere for sharing. For Grade 7.