Aidan O'Connor, barmaid and daughter of a prostitute, is tired of being considered riff-raff and is certainly not looking to find a husband in a tavern. She wants more than what the streets of Batavia can offer her.

When an elderly mapmaker sees her artistic talent, he offers her an apprenticeship on a seagoing exploration. But someone doesn't like her association with the elderly gentleman, and Aidan soon finds herself in danger. When the ship's handsome doctor finds himself protecting her, they unexpectedly fall in love.

In book two of her The Heirs of Cahira O'Connor series, Ms. Hunt once again takes readers to an unusual and unfamiliar setting, adding depth to her already exciting and fascinating storytelling style. (Oct., 400 pp., $11.95)

Reviewed by: 
Diane Johnson