A true story about a 1902 voyage in search of $60,000,000 in buried pirate treasure, this reads like a lively novel but is actually taken nearly exactly word for word from the ship's log and notes, letters and diaries. George Sutton, the father of Mrs. Sutton's (the co-author's) husband, collected the material. In 1901 in San Francisco a Dr. Luce attended a sick, wild old sea-captain, James Brown, in Brown's hotel room. Brown revealed a story about buried treasure on an island he had already visited three times and from which he'd removed several hundred thousand dollars of gold. Luce had Captain George Sutton in New York check up on the story, and fantastically, a ""solid grain of truth"" began appearing in the tale. So much so that an expedition was mounted with Captain Brown in charge; his reward would be a quarter of the take. During the voyage to Tahiti and beyond, Captain Brown became quite unstable, for good reason, and was beset both by fear of typhoons and of the ghosts of the men he'd helped murder. He was the last man alive of 100 men involved in burying the treasure. When the voyage's ship, The Herman, is hit by a typhoon, the ship is lifted by a great wave right over the treetops of what might have been the secret island.....There's more, with mutiny and poison, and it's fascinating.