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By Scott O'Dell

There's a skinny LINE among GENIUS AND MADNESS.

When younger Nathan sails along with his older brothers looking for a misplaced treasure send, he's anticipated to just do as they inform him. but if certainly one of his brothers mysteriously dies and the opposite announces he's Captain Ahab directly out of Moby Dick, Nathan concerns approximately what orders he may need to hold out.

Then a mysterious item seems to be within the bay that turns out to have floated out of the very pages of Moby Dick. whatever very unusual is going on at sea, yet how...and why?

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I listen there’s a foul one among the island and the coast,” he acknowledged. “Strong sufficient to capsize a good-sized boat. ” “And it did capsize a boat,” I responded, “the boat Jeremy used to be in. ” Troll used to be stunned by way of my phrases. not less than he was once silent for your time, considering them. yet at that second I doubt that he cared even if I knew that he have been with Jeremy on that morning. His brain had fixed upon the Indian gold. “When we’re over there,” he acknowledged, in one more attempt to curiosity me within the plan, “we’ll convey Jeremy again. ” “It may take each guy within the workforce and each gun we personal. They worship him. they suspect extra of him than their gold. ” “You will be right,” Troll acknowledged. “We’ll move over first and go searching. ” He slipped previous me, quietly climbed the ladder, glanced fore and aft alongside the deck, and got here speedy again. “There’s loads of massive ears around,” he defined, reducing his voice. “You acknowledged that the Indians imagine extra of Jeremy than they do their gold. I take it that you just observed a few of it sitting round. ” “I observed a little,” I acknowledged, indignant at myself for having pointed out gold in any respect. “How a lot? ” I stated not anything and Troll stood for a second observing me, no longer anticipating me to reply to, yet misplaced in a few wild dream that made his skinny mouth quiver. “The tide turns in approximately 3 hours,” he stated. “Take the stuff again to Caleb after which depart. inform him i want you right here. an incredible subject. that may provide us time to arrive Isla Ballena whilst the tide’s correct. ” “I can’t break out. ” Troll ran his tongue over his lips. “You can’t break out? ” he acknowledged. “Why? since you blame me on your brother’s loss of life? good, get it via your head that it used to be his inspiration from the 1st. no longer mine. I by no means considered going over there for the Indians’ gold until eventually he introduced it up. ” “No, I don’t blame you for Jeremy’s loss of life. yet I do blame you for now not telling us what occurred to him. Why didn’t you? used to be it since you deliberate to return to the island back? on your own this time, so that you wouldn’t need to proportion what you stole with another person? ” Troll blinked. He began to converse and stopped after mumbling one notice. I waited for him to head on, yet there has been no use to, for i'll see through the pressured glance on his face that I had already replied for him. Turning away, I went up the ladder. “Be again in an hour,” he shouted, all of sudden regaining his voice. “If you’re no longer, I’ll provide the order to sail. I’ll go away you over there within the cove. You and your brother and outdated guy Judd, too. perhaps you and your loopy brother would prefer that. seeing that you’ve bought a very good existence buoy with thirty handholds striking on it, and an armful of provisions, you could all sail to Nantucket or someplace. ” I untied the release and rowed off to the cove. I instructed Caleb approximately Captain Troll’s danger once I waded ashore. He was once using one of many monstrous sq. nails. He didn't even search for. 21 The sea biscuits and the flask of water have been stowed away within the lifestyles buoy and punctiliously roped so that they wouldn't roll round. The lid used to be nailed, the seams caulked tight with oakum and pitch, the thirty Turk’s head knots, appealing to behold of their elaborate weaving, fixed to the six facets of the lid with lengthy, sq. nails, new because the day they got here from the foundry.

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