When Anse O'Neal boarded the Gray Witch, he knew little about eluding Yankee cruisers. But he learns quickly as temporary replacement for Hobe Gaskill, pilot of the blockade runner. Assigned the dangerous task of running supplies and medicine to Confederate troops, the crew of the Gray Witch, led by courageous Captain Tracy, must avoid capture by the enemy as well as destruction by the elements. Anne -- hailing from the fishing island of the Outer Banks finds his new life as thrilling as it is precarious. From Bermuda to Wilmington to Richmond, each haul provides new adventure -- ranging from falling in love with a beguiling female passenger to performing espionage duties. Though the Confederates are defeated, Anse looks optimistically toward rebuilding a new South. Even the Gray Witch now called the Lucy for Anse's fiancee- will play a new role in peaceful waters. Built in episodes help depict an aspect of the Civil War in which cool thinking and quick get-away tactics were the orders of the day. Mr. Meader's tale is interesting historical fiction.