Four years ago, Erin O’Connell’s papa disappeared at sea. Long after Erin has given up on his return, her mama continues to watch the horizon, her grasp of reality slipping and memories blurring. Young Erin learns all she can of medicine, desperate to provide for her mama and sister, and spends her days struggling to assist villagers who shun her for her crooked back.
One night, Barbary pirates raid her village, and Erin – mistaken for a boy – is torn her from her home and family. The truth sparks upset – and a plan. Until reaching the slave markets in Morocco, Erin is forced to tend to the sick quartermaster. In addition, she must serve as cabin girl to the hard-hearted Captain Gills, a man bent on thwarting her every attempt to return home, to the family she prays still lives.
But Erin soon finds that all is not what it seems aboard The Lonely Eye. Unrest brews and mutiny whispers. Allies appear in unexpected places. A cunning enemy plots. What if Erin never makes it home? Will the God she trusts carry her through the storms? And how can something so painful ever bring good? The answers are unlike anything she expects.