There is much of value and distinction in Hazel Wilson's latest historical juvenile. Jefferson's Embargo Act of 1807, forbidding American ships to engage in foreign trade, made an economic wasteland of Portland, Maine. Young Ben Wingate's father, as a captain, was not fit to live with for his ship had lain idle for a year. Ben decided to confer with President Jefferson himself. With Turtle O'Connor, a local seaman, he sets sail for Washington in a makeshift longboat. They had not been long underway when Ben realized the Embargo had been lifted. Heavy seas imperiled their passage, and soon they found themselves impressed into service aboard the British ship, Macedonia. And when the United States defeated the Macedonia, it was Ben who was chosen to take the flag of the defeated British ship to President Madison. Stirring portrayal of the prelude to the War of 1812.