- By Julian Stockwin
The year is 1793. Europe is ablaze with war and men are urgently needed to man the ships. Press-ganged off the streets of Guildford, young wig-maker Thomas Paine Kydd must learn the harsh realities of shipboard life very quickly. It's that or die.
In all the danger of tempest and battle, Kydd gradually learns to admire the skills and courage of his shipmates. He comes to relish the challenge of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship HMS Duke William, and the camaraderie of its battle-hardened crew. Kydd is loyal, brave and passionate. But will that be enough to turn a raw youth into a true sailor?
Author: Julian Stockwin
Series: Thomas Kydd
First Published by: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Date: 5 April 2001
Written specifically for Young Adults: No