In 1775, on the eve of the American Revolution, the British schooner Halifax was wrecked off the Maine coast. Since she was steered by a colonial seaman who had been impressed into the Royal Navy, Revolutionaries wanted to believe the ship's pilot, Christopher MacDonald, purposedly grounded his vessel, but in that tense time, MacDonald was determined not to choose sides. Washed ashore as a baby from the wreck of a Spanish brig and brought up in Machias, Maine, he had been born neither American nor British, and chose to sail his own course. But dramatic events, including a confrontation with British soldiers, the wreck of the Halifax, and the arrival of a British warship at Machias convinced him to fight with the patriots in the first naval battle of the Revolution. Drawing on actual events and real people, noted maritime author and historian Roger Duncan traces the fictional life of the Halifax's pilot, presenting a surprising glimpse of Maine and American history. 2006 paperback, 208 pages.