An adult book that would have strong appeal for older boys and girls in that it is a story of friendship, a friendship that stands the strain of desertion, of betrayal, of awareness of littleness -- and even at the close, when murder has been done, something survives. A story too of two youths against the times -- the scene is Stonington, Connecticut, during the embargo and the War of 1813, of adventure in secret piloting of ships running the blockade out through the Sound, of the temptation to seek wider horizons. There is romance too- as Deliverance, brought up as their sister, finds herself betrayed by one, beloved of the other boy. Impressment- the slave-trade- life on a British man-of-war- glimpses of the Indies, many facets of seaboard life of a young nation. Fast action- good picture of one facet of America's youth.