Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to...
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The Peace of Amiens has left Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles-and creditors-in France proves doubly disastrous.