(From the publisher):
The William Bentley novels are gritty, noir-inspired sea adventures that plumb the depths of shipboard life in the Age of Sail. In this third novel of the series, Needle gives readers an unflinching look at the cruelty of slavery. The novel explores the repercussions of this degrading institution for all members of society: those who traffic in human lives, those who try to stop it, and those who stand by and simply watch the depravity unfold.
Midshipman William Bentley awaits trial on charges of treason ó until he is offered the chance to avoid prison by serving as first lieutenant to Richard Kaye, now captain of Willís old ship Biter. Will accepts and begins a harrowing journey to Jamaica, unaware that the woman he loves has been sold as an indentured servant to a depraved Jamaican planter. The brutality of Willís shipboard companions further hardens him to navy life, but nothing can prepare him for the inhumanity that fuels the slave trade.
Original title: The Spithead Nymph
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Military and Naval Adventure