After a long Nova Scotia winter of playing hockey, Lauchie convinces his mother to let him fish lobster for the summer with a close family friend. One day out on the lobster boat, Lauchie pulls up a trap that holds a very old, carefully sealed containera gift from the sea. In the crock he finds an antique pistol, a letter dated 1608 from a Scots doctor whose ship sank in a storm, and a map describing where to find gold and silver coins salvaged from the ship. What ensues is a dangerous quest into a hidden cave tucked into a coastal cliff. Suspenseful and riveting, Lauchie’s adventure is also a journey of self-discovery on which he learns valuable lessons about himself and his community.
Lauchie's father died at sea, so it took some convincing to get his mother to let him and his best friend spend the summer lobster fishing. Both boys were looking forward to a summer of excitement and adventure, but both got more than they had counted on. While pulling up lobster traps, instead of lobsters, Lauchie finds a very old, sealed crock. When he and his friend open it, they find a flintlock pistol and a letter giving directions to a treasure of gold coins. Being typical boys, they can think of nothing else but to find the treasure, never thinking that there might be dangers along the way. While following the map of the treasure, the boys come to a hidden cave, which nearly takes their lives when part of the cave collapses. This was a situation neither had thought of ever happening. I'll leave it there so as not to give the ending away. Throughout the story, the author gives much detail and information about the people who live on Cape Breton Island and uses fishing vocabulary that adds interest and gives the story authenticity. This adventure is like a rite of passage for thirteen-year-old Lauchie as he learns valuables lessons and information about himself and for the first time, begins to understand who he is as a person. 2003, Clarion Books, Ages 10 to 14.