The rocky coast of ireland and its singular people--isolated, self-reliant, stubborn--provide the impetus for another of, Eilis Dillon's integral adventures. John's grandfather, labored for ten years to make the Santa Maria ""the best hooker ever to come out of Rossmore;"" after his death, the boat was finished by his taciturn daughter Maggie. To the villagers, grandfather's boasting and Maggie's red hair are a curse On the boat. When it is driven aground on Flaherty's Island the first trip out, John and his friend Jim feel impelled to prove her seaworthiness by a longer cruise, and the last remaining inhabitant of the island, crusty old Colman Flaherty, provides a purpose--they will sail to spain to bring back his daughter for a visit and make peace between the two. Not the author's most compelling story, but good company for a good sail.