Rachel Chandler, the daughter of legendary underwater salvager Gordon Chandler, must drop an exciting project to head up the salvage of a sunken confederate blockade runner for her father.

Gordon got into this bind when he agreed to help wealthy, if slightly eccentric, philanthropist Norman Winter fulfill his dream. Winter has located the wreck of the Melrose, which belonged to Confederate hero Captain Sam McGowan. Winter has also bought and is restoring Edens End, the McGowan family estate. In addition, he has convinced Sam McGowan, an underwater archaeologist and descendant of the Captain, to help execute the project.

Having accepted the job partly to have the chance to work with Gordon Chandler, Sam is none too thrilled to discover that Rachel will be heading up the project. These two strong-willed individuals butt heads, but soon discover an attraction they cant deny. Their growing excitement about the excavation is tempered by Norman Winters odd behavior. Is there more going on than meets the eye?

The very talented Ms. Stewart is rapidly building an enviable reputation for providing readers with outstanding stories and characters that are exciting, distinctive and highly entertaining. PRICELESS continues to expand on this truly winning storytelling tradition. (July, 366 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith