Every fall, the men of Loyalty Island sail from the Olympic
Peninsula up to the Bering Sea to spend the winter catching king crab. Their
dangerous occupation keeps food on the table but constantly threatens to leave
empty seats around it.
To Cal, Alaska remains as mythical and mysterious as
Treasure Island, and the stories his father returns with are as mesmerizing as
those he once invented about Captain Flint before he turned pirate. But while
Cal is too young to accompany his father, he is old enough to know that
everything depends on the fate of those few boats thousands of miles to the north.
He’s also old enough to feel the tension between his parents over whether he
will follow in his father’s footsteps. And old enough to wonder about his
mother’s relationship with John Gaunt, owner of the fleet.
Then Gaunt dies suddenly, leaving the business in the hands
of his son, who seems intent on selling away the fishermen’s livelihood. Soon
Cal stumbles on evidence that his father may have taken extreme measures to
salvage their way of life. As winter comes on, his suspicions deepening and his
moral compass shattered, he is forced to make a terrible choice.
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