Top-notch Tomlinson, in the tradition of Gallions Reach. Conrad lovers will sense the close affinity to Conrad at his best; all who like sea stories will enjoy it. The freighter around which the story is built is as real in the story as the people -- her crew, her inscrutable captain, and the vague old scientist who finds a new love in the life on board and his daughter, whose idea it was, but who thinks at first that it isn't quite as glamorous as she expected. Glimpses of Mediterranean ports -- a thrilling description of a storm at sea -- superb writing. Stands a chance for increasing the Tomlinson market.