The voice drew nearer.
'You could have saved us.'

Fire Down Below

Fire Down Below is the final volume of ‘A Sea Trilogy’.

A decrepit warship sails on the last stretch of its voyage to Sydney Cove. It has been blown off course and battered by wind, storm and ice. Nothing but rope holds the disintegrating hull together. And after a risky operation to reset its foremast with red-hot metal, an unseen fire begins to smoulder below decks.

Judy takes 'A Sea Trilogy' to its poetic conclusion

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