Walter Scott (1771-1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, and playwright. Although he was an advocate and legal administrator by profession, Scott is most famous for his great literary works and activities in the Royal Highland Society. Inspired by the legend of the Good Devil of Woodstock, this historical novel takes place near the end of English Civil War. The events revolve around the king of England, Scotland and Ireland Charles II and his escape from the country right after the battle of Worcester. The book describes the fate of many people during the period of riots all the way up to the restoration of the monarchy and triumphant return of the king.