By Arthur Ransome

Tom Dudgeon has get rid of a motor cruiser from its moorings to guard a coot's nest, yet now the cruiser is looking low and high for him - even delivering a gift. Tom accepts a call for participation for a week's cruise to coach his new acquaintances, Dick and Dorothea the best way to sail. You couldn't get a greater sailor than Tom yet can he fairly remain one leap prior to his pursuers lengthy sufficient to accomplish the voyage?

(Originally released in 1934)

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