The Toll-Gate Author:Georgette Heyer Who's who at The Toll-Gate: — She is: Nell Stornaway, granddaughter of Sir Peter Stornaway, squire of the village. Affectionately known as "the Squire" because of her self-sufficiency and competence, she is far, far more feminine than the appellation suggest. — He is: Capt. John Staple, recently retired from the Dragoon Guards, as mu... more »ch as confirmed bachelor as a confirmed adventurer. Bored with the idle ways of the idle rich, he has disguised himself and taken on the menial job of keeper of the turnpike toll-gate.
They are: Destined to meet one another, as the last minute of spring is destined to meet the first minute of summer -- to cross paths, swords and wits. Before John's true identity is discovered, Cupid finds the going as hilly and rough as the rural English countryside; a lover's patience is taxed to the breaking point; and a villain gets his just desserts.« less