Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and surgeon, Stephen Maturin, sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a treacherous disease which decimates the crew . . .
Nowhere in contemporary prose has the majesty and terror of the sea been more effectively rendered than in this thrilling chase through an Antarctic storm in which Jack's ship, under-manned and out-gunned, is the quarry not the hunter.