A search for identity and a powerful, gripping thriller. the story of a woman alone on the high seas. thirty-year-old Justine de Villiers has an ideal life - as a painter supported by her rich father. When her father's boat is found drifting off the coast of South Africa, with no sign of him, Justine is swamped by feelings of loss and grief. She is also swept away by an overwhelming sense of freedom. Single-handedly she sails his boat, the Phoenix, back to Cape town, and the trip convinces her that this is what she wants to do with her life. She joins up with Heron, an old friend of her father's who becomes her lover, and an older woman called Andy, who is escaping her past. the three of them sail to Saint Helena - Heron and Andy in his boat, Justine aboard the Phoenix. then a prisoner from St Helena - a man Justine knew in another life - escapes to her boat. She agrees to take him to Brazil, but en route realises his mental state is rapidly deteriorating - to the point where it becomes clear only one of them will survive.