Historical adventure and mystery – both equally compelling.
1498. Sebastian Cabot, age fifteen, can only wait and wonder. His famous father has abandoned him at home in Bristol, England, but has taken the boy’s older and younger brothers, Ludovico and Sancio, on his second voyage in search of the Asian mainland. On his first journey, sailing north across the Western Ocean in 1497, John Cabot had discovered the New Found Land. He returned to England a hero.
Five years earlier, Spain had given Christopher Columbus a similar welcome. He had found Asia, he claimed. And by a southern route. Cabot was skeptical and set out to the north again to prove his old friend a fraud. But silence followed. Now, Sebastian and history are confronted with a tantalizing mystery. What has become of John Cabot’s second endeavor? Letters to the boy from fourteen-year-old Sancio tell of a fearsome storm and its aftermath. They, and the surprising climax to Sebastian’s and Sancio’s story, make for unforgettable voyaging.