Nick Sandman earned a Victoria Cross in the Falklands and spent a year relearning how to walk. Now all he wants to do is to restore Sycorax, his beloved old boat. But to afford that, he has to work for TV star Tony Bannister. Bannister wants to win the St Pierre–Halifax race with Sandman’s help and he wants to make a documentary about Sandman, neither of which Sandman wants. Bannister’s wife died sailing the previous year and her wealthy father holds Bannister responsible.
Another of Cornwell’s contemporary sailing thrillers, which also holds up well 30 years later.