Lyme, Connecticut, early nineteenth century. Elisha Ely Morgan is a young farm boy who has witnessed first-hand the terror of the War of 1812. Troubled by a tumultuous home life ruled by the fists of their tempestuous father, Ely's two older brothers have both left their pastoral boyhoods to seek manhood through sailing. One afternoon, the Morgan family receives a letter indicating that one brother is lost at sea; the other is believed to be dead. Scrimping as much savings as a farm boy can muster, Ely spends nigh every penny he has to become a sailor on a square-rigged ship, on a route from New York to London—a route he hopes will lead to his vanished brother, Abraham.


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researched and thoroughly entertaining tale of the sea.”

­—David Ignatius, columnist,
The Washington Post

“An engaging
and thoughtful
thrill ride.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Highly recommended for its exciting narrative and historical acumen.”

—Library Journal, starred review


Robin Lloyd, Author,


Robin Lloyd’s early years were spent on the island of St. Croix where his father owned and ran a dairy farm and the island’s only milk plant. After an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and securing a fellowship from the International Affairs Program, he worked in local television news for several years as an on-air reporter for the NBC affiliate in Seattle and then later for the CBS affiliate in Miami, covering the sensational murder trial of Ted Bundy.

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