Trapped in a small enclave of Swedish whalers on the northern tip of New Zealand, by the death of her adoptive parents, Jara Perrault knew it was only a matter of time before she was drawn into an unsavory life. The providential arrival of Captain Kit Montgomery, looking for a crew to sail to Macao in China, gave Jara her chance. Persuading Kit to take her on board as the cook was reasonably easy. Discovering the crew were violent convicts was something else -- only Kit's protection could save her. But Kit harbored secrets, and their destination proved a revelation in more ways than Jara expected!