Of the South Seas and the background of the great white conspiracy in the aggressive war between the Western world and primitive man, this is the double story of Sam Strickland's attempts to claim his heritage on the island of Fareu-nui and of the Schooner Dawn's long board north to San Francisco. Through Captain Rasmussen Sam gets a chance to go to the island, to know both Rosaleen and Dinah, daughters of the patriarch Casey, his grandfather's old enemy, and all of the old family history, of feuds, of treasure, of passions and scandals. With the murder of Casey and the theft of his wealth, the Schooner Dawn starts for California, Dinah stows away, and Sam, Rasmussen and Moses Exodus are confronted with a shipful of trouble. The unseaworthy Schooner Dawn, intricate plotting aboard, storms, scurvy and violence combine to make the winter crossing a nightmare and a revelation for all, but the Dawn makes her port with all horrors abated. Somewhat spectacularly realistic, in its unveiling of South Seas history, past and present, but nonetheless a sincere tribute to a tramp trading steamer that proved to be a gallant lady. Friable writes with color and a sense of drama. And he's highly readable entertainment.