October 1789, New South Wales. Into Sydney, capital of Britain's infant colony, sails the figate Tempest. She is one of His Majesty's ships employed in policing the new southern trade routes. Her captain is Richard Bolitho, who hopes to be ordered home to England.
Instead he is despatched on a mission to the islands of the Great South Sea, where he must face the hazards of fickle winds, pirates and savage islanders. But he is menaced, too, by deeper fears: the men of the Bounty have mutinied in the same waters; and from distant Europe comes news of a revolution in France.
Author: Alexander Kent
Title: Passage to Mutiny
First Published by: Hutchinson