Shades of old-fashioned soap opera hover over this ""romantic novel of 'love thwarted and fulfilled as 17 year old Maggie Barnaby struggles against the tides of family and fortune to win her man! The time is 1812, the place, an inland bay of Canada where Captain Barnaby's craft, the Laughing Whitefish, is transporting supplies to American troops. Though Maggie and Dick O'Brien, a sailor aboard the Whitefish, are secretly engaged at the outset, Papa Barnaby has other plans for his daughter -- among them -- a wealthy, influential husband. Courted by George Clarke- who adequately fits Papa's image, Maggie is constantly frustrated in her attempts to ""explain"" to Dick. Amid the outward drama of protecting Barnaby Bay, avoiding the British fleet and performing patriotic duties, Maggie manages to reach Dick just as she is officially betrothed to George. Misunderstandings are eradicated and George is conveniently proved a traitor and informer. The style of writing is as suitable to these wooden -- often silly -- characters as their pre-arranged plot.