As soon as he was old enough Luis Quintana ran away from the Lisbon foundling home where he'd been left as a child. For several years he lived by his wits but as the authority's net tightened Quintana had no choice but to flee. He signed on as a gunner with one of the Portuguese fleets exploring the east and spent some time in China and the Indies before returning home. Unfortunately those he'd wronged had long memories and Quintana was forced into exile once more. He too sought refuge in England where, through a judicious use of bribery and blackmail, he secured a place as a captain in Catherine of Aragon's personal guard. Unfortunately Quintana found himself caught in the worsening war between England's king and queen, accused of adultery with Catherine's maid, Quintana was arrested and sentenced to death for high treason.