After the death of her father, a retired sea captain, Miranda Heath, desperate and against her father’s warnings, turns to his old partner, Captain Bascomb, for help. The elderly Bascomb readily agrees to assist her, so she travels to his home in Scots Harbor. Upon arrival, she discovers, she is not welcome by anyone, in the house, but her father’s old partner. She soon realizes she has been thrust into a difficult situation at best, mystery and intrigue surrounding her. Trusting no one, she quickly discovers she must find the truth by herself.
This story was fascinating, haunting and foreboding. I loved it. It was set during the bygone days of wooden ships with big sails and iron men. Miranda’s father, Captain Heath, and his two partners Captain Bascomb and Captain McLean were three of those stalwart men.
This book is full of unpleasant characters with secrets, skulking around in the shadows, lashing out at Miranda whenever they had opportunity. Miranda was the one pleasant person in the book. She had a strength and perseverance within her as she searched for truth. She faced hurtful words with fortitude. I give this book a resounding 5 ***** stars!
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