In the late sixteenth century Raul, the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman, suffers verbal and physical abuse from Alonso, his older brother and the grandee’s legitimate heir. From Madrid to the Port of Cadiz to Saint Augustine in the New World, Raul encounters several young men who either adversely or beneficially affect his life.
At the hacienda in Madrid, Stefano presents Raul with his first sexual experience. Pedro teaches Raul the rougher aspects of sex. Upon Raul’s removal to Cadiz, Raphael extols the virtues of exchanging sexual favor for currency. The unwelcome return of Jorge, brings the sadistic Alonso and former paramour Pedro back into Raul’s peaceful existence. When Raul learns of Alonso’s latest sexual depravations, he conspires with several of Raphael’s coterie of young rascals and with Alonso’s wife to ensure the increasingly sadistic nobleman receives his just desserts.
Freed from his sadistic half-brother’s clutches, Raul sails to the New World as both an official of the family enterprise and a special envoy from the King of Spain to the territory of Florida. He arrives in Saint Augustine as the capital city restores itself following the attack by Sir Francis Drake in 1586 in which the town was nearly destroyed. After Raul’s cleverly staged wedding to Helene, a slip by a member of Raphael’s newly constituted stable of young men creates a perilous situation and threatens not only Raul’s happiness but also his life. Raul’s lover Paulo and sham wife Helene pit their wits together to resolve the desperate matter in the finale to Spanish Seductions.
“Be forewarned, going after Alonso requires an ally equal to, if not more, powerful than him. Can you think of any such person?”
“Yes!” I exclaimed. “His wife, Dona Maria. She mistrusts him and knows about his philandering ways, including incidents with Pedro and Jorge. I could check with connections from Madrid to learn of her whereabouts and plot a way to approach her or someone near to her.”
“There’s much danger in that approach. She could turn on you for the insinuations about her husband; or Alonso might get word of your scheme and retaliate.”
“Those are very real concerns. Much caution needs to be built into any plan. I will not proceed hastily. Would you be willing to join me if I obtain Dona Maria’s cooperation?”
“More than just I will be required. Who else is in the conspiracy?”
“I hope to recruit Jorge and Pedro, also victims of Alonso’s harshness. The removal of Alonso would be for their benefit as they are in his clutches at present. If they will not participate, there will be no conspiracy. We must make haste for The Wiley Wolf to meet with Raphael and introduce you to the others in our scheme.”
Seated at the secluded table we customarily used to discuss our plans, I assured Raphael of Stefano’s trustworthiness. “He will make an excellent lookout at Jorge’s lodgings as he knows Alonso but it is very unlikely he will be recognized. He can also deliver messages to Pedro in the likelihood Alonso has him under observation as a precaution. At that instant Pedro entered the tavern and approached our table looking exceedingly dejected.
“Dear friend, I am so pleased to see you.” He spread his arms and hugged me tightly to his massive chest. “Who is he?” Pedro alluded to Stefano.
“Stefano,” I said without elaboration, as Pedro was well aware of my infatuation with the lad and his expulsion from the hacienda.
“He is trustworthy and seeks to attain vengeance through participation in our scheme.” Raphael came to Stefano’s defense.
“Things are not going well for me. Yes,” Pedro nodded toward Raphael. “I have done very well and raised a tidy sum as planned. However, the possibility of escaping Cadiz with Jorge looks very remote. Alonso keeps him under close guard throughout the few days he is not abusing Jorge in the abominable waterfront haunt.”
“I have learned of the atrocities my half-brother perpetrates in a space resembling a torture chamber more than a grandee’s lodging. It is that recent revelation that has convinced me of the need to take action.” I went on to explain my proposal and obtained Pedro’s pledge to be a party to the conspiracy and to convince Jorge to also join.
“Let us reconvene here Sunday evening to further discuss the matter. Discretion, of course, must be absolute. It is a matter of life and death.” We swore an oath to maintain secrecy and support the effort wholeheartedly.