Sophia Vanderwahl is the beautiful yet empty-headed heroine of this novel, who, after discovering her fiance's philandering tendencies, concocts an ill-thought out plan to confront him with the aid of an adventurer she doesn't know, one Jack MacAuley. And that is just about the sum of this puerile plotline.
Sophie manages to irritate the reader throughout the novel with her foolish behaviour, which the authour tries unsuccessfully to convince us is for the sole purpose of the heroine freeing herself from the societal strictures imposed upon her. She also has a propensity for causing stupid accidents - the scene where she manages to fire the ship's cannon into the air only to land safely by going through her stacked chests of clothes stretches the limits of credulity.
Jack MacAuley's words to her early on sum up her character succinctly when he tells her "you're a spoiled rotton brat used to getting your own damned way", yet this promising sign of intelligence from him quickly fades as physical desire becomes synonymous with love in his head. However, to be fair to a hero who is not given much of an opportunity to develop in this story, his mental faculties would certainly be called into question if he came to desire her intellect, or more accurately, lack of, as well as her physical form.
If you must read this novel, do yourself a favour, borrow it from the library, and imagine a more fitting ending, one which includes a plank-walking scene, perhaps...