A lively, colorful fictionization of biography, in the story of the late 18th century explorer, cartographer, English Matthew Flinders, who knew early that the sea and ships were for him. First with Bligh on the Provincial-Assistant scientific expedition, he learned thoroughness, discipline, then, after the Battle of Brest, he captained the Investigator, for Sir Joseph Banks, to learn the secrets of what he named Australia. Misfortune followed him, men and ship lost, and with home in sight, he was forced to spend six years a prisoner of the French. Home at last, to find fortune, health, fame were not for him, but he finished his books on his findings. Written to the hilt, this has pace and vitality.