Europe is ablaze with war. The British prime minister is under pressure to intimidate the French. To man the ships, ordinary citizens must be press-ganged. Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized and forced to join the crew of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship Duke William. Kydd must learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast. Amid the dangers of tempest and battle, through terrifying broadsides and mind-numbing fatigue, he comes to admire the skills and courage of his fellow seamen. But can he accept the challenge himself to become a true sailor and defender of Britain?
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"Stockwin's debut focuses on the common seamen . . . Kydd's first storm at sea is rendered with great drama . . . warfare is depicted with gruesome, at times breath-stopping detail." --Kirkus Reviews
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