Mercy Rathbone, fifteen years old, is the
diminutive scion of the Rathbone clan. Her father, the last in the beleaguered
dynasty, has been lost at sea for seven years, ever since the last whale was
seen off the coast of Naiwayonk, Connecticut. Mercy’s memories of her father
grow dimmer each day, and she spends most of her time in the attic hideaway of
her reclusive uncle Mordecai, who teaches her the secrets of Greek history and
nautical navigation through his collection of specimens and moldering books.
But when a strange, violent visitor turns up one night, Mercy and Mordecai are
forced to flee the crumbling mansion and set sail on a journey that will bring
them deep into the haunted history of the Rathbone family, and the reasons for
As Mercy and Mordecai sail from island to
island off the Connecticut coast, encountering dangers and mysteries, friends
and foes, they untangle the knots of the Rathbone story, discovering secrets
long encased in memory. They learn the history of the family’s founder and
patriarch, Moses Rathbone, and the legendary empire he built of ships staffed
with the sons of his many, many wives. Sons who stumbled in their father’s
shadow, distracted by the arrival of the Stark sisters, a trio of “golden”
girls, whose mesmerizing beauty may have sparked the Rathbone’s decline.
From the depths of the sea to the lonely
heights of the widow’s walk; from the wisdom of the worn Rathbone wives to the
mysterious origins of a sinking island, Mercy and Mordecai’s journey will bring
them to places they never thought possible. But will they piece together a
possible future from the mistakes of the past, or is the once great family’s
fate doomed to match that of the whales themselves? Download and start listening now!