This epic historical novel follows the true story of a remarkable heroine, Mary Patten, who found herself in one of the most dangerous straits of sea in the western hemisphere, Cape Horn, with a ship of mutinous sailors to command and a deathly sick husband, their captain, to care for. Mary's story begins in July 1856 in the heyday of the great clipper ships. Her husband, Captain Joshua Patten, is hired to investigate Neptune's Car on a treacherous voyage from New York to San Francisco - in record time. Douglas Kelley has crafted a brilliant novel that uses the little-known facts about Mary's life to tell a gripping tale of deception, danger, and treachery on the high seas. In a world of discovery when adventurous sea captains ruled the seas, Mary Patten became more than a captain's wife.