It is 1836. Afourteen year old boy leaves his home in Scotland on a sailing ship bound for China. He will lead a wandering life that takes him to the Americas, South east Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand. His achievements will encompass sea captaincy, pirate battling, ship building, exploration, business enterprise and almost single handedly establishing a major transportation network on the then inpenetrable Murray Darling River system. He will not shirk controversy, courting influential friends and making powerful enemies. And then the mysterious Francis Cadell will meet his fate in Indonesias tropical waters – a bizarre end to a short but adventure filled life.
307 pages HB