FLASHING SWORDS, DARING DEEDS, POWERFUL SEÑORITAS ... FROM THE AUTHOR OF ZORRO!
Many fans of the historical novels of romance and swordplay that writer Johnston McCulley set in Spanish California consider Capitán Fly-By-Night to be, after The Mark of Zorro, one of the very best. Some feel this is the novel to read when you don’t have a Zorro novel at hand. The setting of Old California is the same. And the plot involves impersonation and deeds of daring backed up by flashing blades, daring caballeros and amazing señoritas.
Two strangers arrive at a sleepy presidio, both claiming to be on a secret mission from the governor. One is the governor's emissary Señor Rocha and the other is the murderous Capitán Fly-by-Night, a bandit and outlaw leader. But which is which? Señorita Fernandez would like to know, because her arranged marriage to Señor Rocha—whom she has never met—is looming, and she too is unsure. The action comes to a boil when Capitán Fly-by-Night's revolutionary followers begin a series of bloody attacks geared to depose the government and make their piratical leader absolute ruler of all California!