The 15th installment in Patrick O'Brian's broadly claimed sequence of Aubrey/Maturin novels is in equivalent components secret, event, and mental drama.
A British whaler has been captured via an formidable leader within the sandwich islands at French instigation, and Captain Aubrey, R. N., Is dispatched with the Surprise to revive order. yet stowed away within the cable-tier is an escaped woman convict. To the officials, Clarissa Harvill is an item of awkward courtliness and unsafe jealousies. Aubrey himself is received over and certainly strongly drawn to this lady who won't converse of her prior. yet in simple terms Aubrey's pal, Dr. Stephen Maturin, can fathom Clarissa's secrets and techniques: her crime, her character, and a clue making a choice on a hugely positioned English secret agent within the pay of Napoleon's intelligence service.
In an exciting finale, Patrick O'Brian offers all of the pleasure his many readers count on: Aubrey and the workforce of the Surprise impose a brutal pax Britannica upon the islanders in a pitched conflict opposed to a band of headhunting cannibals.