On 16 August 1628, five battle-scarred English ships sailed through the narrow entrance of the harbour on the Greek island of Milos. Dropping anchor, the 25-year old captain banqueted with the local lord before sitting down to write an account of his journey – an account that would transform him entirely. Sir Kenelm Digby was known as one of the most extraordinary Englishmen who ever lived: a trusted advisor to the King, a pioneering philosopher and scientist, and a thinker whose ideas are as relevant now as they were during his own troubled times. He was also widely known as the ‘son of a traytor and husband of a whore’: a man who witnessed his father’s gruesome execution for high treason, and the lover of the most celebrated beauty of the age, Venetia Stanley. This book is the story of a remarkable life, and of a journey that helped to shape a nation.