Whether really a ``true story'' or simply a fantastic yarn, this is a rousing good book. Knight is a globetrotting, sometimes actor, who through his readings at the library and an inspired hunch, deciphers the secret revealing the exact location of the treasure buried by the legendary 17th-century pirate, Captain Kidd. With great pluck Knight secures a sponsor, mounts an expedition to the South China Sea, and (he claims) discovers the fabled cache. Unfortunately, he is almost immediately arrested and spends 14 months in a Vietnamese prison before returning to England without proof of his success. Knight hints at a return trip. In the meantime the reader can delight in this successful mix of modern-day adventure and pirate lore. Jerry Maioli, Western Lib. Network, Olympia, Wash.