Tom Chatto’s sixty adventurous years at sea continue . . . As the 20th century dawns, the time of the great steamships is firmly under way. Newly in possession of his Master’s Certificate, Tom Chatto secures a glamorous berth as second officer on a liner of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
When the Orvega discovers a lifeboat with two corpses aboard, it is Tom’s seamanship that proves a potential lifesaver. The semi-derelict windjammer from which the lifeboat was launched is a danger to all shipping. In treacherous high seas Tom must not only board the old boat, but secure a line to the Orvega and get her towed out of harm’s way. Many lives are at risk should his nerve or skill fail . . .