Centuries in the future, mankind struggles to survive after the “Troubles”, a generation-long series of catastrophes that caused the largest population crash in the history of the human race. Everywhere, humanity has regressed to a paleolithic level of technology, hunter-gatherers eking out a bare subsistence — everywhere except for a single barren sub-Antarctic island where a small group of refugees has managed to preserve some pre-Troubles technology and a semblance of civilization. Against all odds, the Kerguelenians not only survive, but build a maritime culture with settlements throughout the Southern Ocean. As far as they know, they are the only surviving fragment of literacy and technology in the world — until they begin to expand northward into the Indian Ocean, and encounter a mysterious and hostile people, also seafarers, the Sultanate of Zanzibar, who are determined, for motives unknown, to destroy Kerguelenian trade and settlements
Commodore Sam Bowditch and the Republic of Kerguelen Navy face their biggest challenge as the Sultanate of Zanzibar mounts another attempt to retake Mafia Island, this time with new technology and a massive mercenary fleet — while at a critical moment Bowditch must return to Kerguelen to fight for the life of his infant navy.
Don’t miss this thrilling climax to the post-apocalyptic Westerly Gales saga.