No better report could be given than McFee's foreword -- so have a look at it. Meantime, here goes. The story of the voyage of a fifty-year old coasting schooner with a cargo of scrap iron from Boston to St. John -- and back, -- a hard luck voyage from start to finish. The dramatic power of the book lies in its simple, straightforward telling -- every word a stark statement of fact --one follows the old vessel's struggle tack by tack, watch by watch, wave by wave in the hands of four men who know their job. And one gets their characters -- from what they say and do. And for landlubbers -- a glossary is added.