As the Silnik’s daughter you would think Maru would be able to have her heart’s desire. That desire is to learn to sail. She is of sailor blood and the sea calls her, but her father, The Silnik, has forbidden all women from learning the craft because of the pirate slavers. Maru convinces her Uncle Traru to teach her, but they will have to do so out of view of Grantoli. A month of practice and her uncle declares her a sailor, but on the way home they run into trouble. Now Maru must pretend to be someone else, Minnow, from an unimportant family, and hope that she has not thrown away her former life for that of slavery. But Mahew, The Shark, her new owner is a different kind of trouble and she finds she just might like it.