Nearly a century ago, on the wild British Columbia\’s coast, a Kwakiutl warrior raids an artifact collector\’s yacht to reclaim sacred masks. He takes the collector\’s wife, Kate, as hostage on his 200 mile canoe voyage home. Dugger, an outlaw coastal trader, is hired to give chase in his ketch with the husband as his passenger. But Dugger\’s financial salvation comes at a terrible price, for he is Kate\’s secret lover. Day and night they sail the unchartered islands through raging currents and ship swallowing swirlpools, and the account of their pursuit is interwoven with Kate\’s harrowing and erotically charged journey.
The novel reaches a spellbinding climax at a forbidden, hallucinating potlach of the ancient Kwakiutl culture, where the history of a doomed people is melded with the fury of three hearts. 263 pages HB