A novel which you should bring to the attention of the most discrimating among your customers. It's an intelligent, somewhat unworldly tale of Puritan, Royalist and pagan, of a mystic maid and a proud man. The period is the early 17th century -- the conflict lies between salvation and practicality, and Helen Simpson has created a unique situation and handled it deftly. An impoverished Royalist and two women preachers are passengers on an unseaworthy vessel bound for the slave coast, and ultimately the freedom of the Indies. But storm without and storm within wreck all their plans -- and Mary Askill, mystic, proves to be a robust human when confronted with a situation apparently beyond the reach of her spiritual powers. But at the close the spirit wins through again. An unusual book, now witty, now profound -- always entertaining.