Walking along the Cape Hattaras shore to ease her grief, Ann Gavrion falls under the spell of a man from the past. Lawrence Curator is all an adventurous sea captain could be: charming, witty and brave. As they talk, out of the mist on the sea rises a great schooner. Ann finds herself dressed as a seafaring lad of the 1920s, pushing a lifeboat into the freezing Atlantic. Thus begins their quest to discover what evil destroyed the five-masted schooner on her maiden voyage and what future awaits intrepid Ann.