The respected author of Lost in the Barrens (1956, p.357, J-113) and Owls in the Family (1962, p.8, J-8) once again successfully taps the rich vein of a Canadian wilderness-- here it is the rockbound coast of Newfoundland during the thirties when ""buried treasure "" was whiskey, not gold. Jonathan Spence, like his ncestors, made a living by fishing and carrying freight on his schooner, The Black . With no cargo to ship, Jonathan accepts business from a man he does not respect. Taking his young sons on as crew, he sets out. Intrigue and trouble dominate the scene even before port is reached, when some rumrunners steal the fast ship. The plot is masterfully controlled; the story sharply etched, and the colorful shore life of Basque fishermen artfully painted by an author who commands the attention of his audience.