Straight adventure in the picaresque tradition, and fairly well written, this is the self-narrated yarn of an Irishman, Rick Sheridan, his adventures aboard the Ouzel, his capture by the Barbary pirates, and his ultimate return to Ireland and the girl he left behind him. He had left home thinking he had killed his brother, and joined, albeit it reluctantly (he was shanghaied), the Ouzel, bound for the Far East. Here are the captain, the mate, the dishonest cook, and various crew members. And here the story of seizure by Barbarossa off the Barbary Coast, three years of slavery, and eventual escape. Lyrical Irish prose -- a touch of irony at the end when he finds he'd not killed his brother after all -- a good yarn, but somehow not quite good enough.