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Fifteen-year-old Mercy Rathbone is the youngest twig of a New England sea-faring dynasty. Seven years ago, her father disappeared while on a North Atlantic whaling expedition. In the years since, young Mercy has grown up in the old family mansion, nurtured by the tales of her eccentric Uncle Mordecai. After a sudden act of violence causes them to flee, this unlikely pair embarks on an ocean voyage into the history of their adventurous ancestors. With its echoes of The Odyssey, Moby Dick, and Edgar Allan Poe, The Rathbones still manages to be an original literary gothic novel all its own.