Before The Mast
Before The Mast is a YA Historical Fiction novel, set in the brutal world of an 18th century warship.
When his mother dies, 15 year old Dan Leake stows away on a British man-o-war, hoping to find his father who was press-ganged into the navy years before. Falsely accused of theft, the timid lad is shunned by his shipmates and bullied by the sadistic bosun.
He finally finds his courage, and the real thief, at the bloody Battle of Cape St. Vincent, in this dark but humorous coming-of-age tale.