Joseph Linnett sells his printing business in London and takes his family on a sailing ship bound for Australia. Unfortunately, the ship hits the doldrums and is becalmed for two and a half months. Beth, the eldest of Joseph's children, finds romance on the voyage. Joanna, the tomboy of the family, is quite happy to emigrate but fails to realise that Freddie, their neighbour's son, loves her dearly - but who is the stranger in her life?
July 1995 : UK Paperback