Aubrey and Maturin escape from Australia, then the New South Wales penal colony, with an escapee and a stowaway, a woman who has fallen in love with a sailor. The woman has ties back to French spies who had chased and nearly undone Maturin many books back (Ledward and Wray) due to a double agent working within the English government.
Better than the previous entry in the series, this discovery opens the possibility of uncovering the spy in the future.
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This entry in O'Brian's late-18th-century seafaring series will delight fans, while offering newcomers a good place to jump in. Here Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are assigned to help a Polynesian queen in her struggle with a Napoleon-backed rival, and a female convict is smuggled aboard by a midshipman in Australia. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to thePaperbackedition.