Entertaining reading for the deep sea sailor, who would enjoy the plight of the amateur who determines to sail her own boat and take it on the chin; and for the layman who will wonder how she made the grade. The author thought she would find life on her own boat more peaceful than life in her home in France, so in the summer of 1936 she reconditioned a steel ketch with auxiliary motor, and set sail from Cowes to the Banda Sea, via the Red Sea. She fired four captains before she took over herself; she had trouble with crews, pilots, port officials, people on shore. She enjoyed side adventures in hunting and mountain climbing. And she shares her misadventures amusingly with her readers.