Adrienne, a seventeen-year-old Parisian aristocrat, becomes engaged to a French nobleman, Jean Chavet. Immediately after their announcement, Jean reveals he has been commissioned by Louis XIV to explore New France, but refuses to take his new fiancé with him. Strong-willed and naive, Adrienne buys the identity of one of the ship’s cabin boys. She is forced to hide her true identity, fight for her life, and eventually live with the Quapaw tribe of the Sioux Indians. Adrienne must come to realize her strengths and decide if she loves Jean, or if life aboard the ship has changed her. Can she be forgiven for the devastating mistakes she makes along the way? Is killing a man in self-defense ever pardonable?
This historical fiction novel is based upon Arkansas fact/legend. A grave lies atop a mountain in Petit Jean State Park--Adrienne’s alias--with breathtaking views of the Arkansas River and the nearly extinct stomping grounds of the Quapaw Indians. (stop here) This is a story full of high seas adventure, self-discovery, love, and the triumph of a young woman.
You're going to need something much more compelling than a disguise and a dead guy to hook me on this one. One thing that would help a lot is one or two well chosen details of historical significance. I have very strong doubts about how long any woman could keep her identity hidden on a ship full of men. You don't think they had bathrooms did you? They whizzed over the side of the ship. I'm all for kick ass girls but that would be some feat.