Nye Gorham had been left with his Grandfather in England after the death of his mother, but he longed to return to his home in Boston to rejoin his sea-captain father. When he received word that his father wanted him along on his next voyage, Nye ran away on a Yankee clipper. Readers will escape with him in this energetic account, set in the early 19th century, which follows him from one hairbreadth escape to another. On board ship, a dying man told him that there was a plot to kill his father. From Boston Nye went on to New York, where his father had gone, to inform him of the danger. All along the way he was pursued by the sinister Red-Eye Pell. There are some exaggerated characterizations, but otherwise this is an exciting and very seaworthy story.