Fisher's startling talent brings to life myths and history from several cultures. With an archaeologist's care, she sifts her imagery from the past and examines it in minute detail. The title sequence at the heart of the book is ten poems about Captain Cook's voyages of exploration in the south Pacific. They are written in the persona of one of Cook's officers. The reader vividly shares the travails and wonders of the terrifyingly cold Antarctic and the exotically strange South Seas islands.