In 1851, Captain James McRae rages as he sees his bonus disappearing for lack of a navigator. To James' shock, Hannah Wright applies for the job of navigator on the clipper ship Windfire. Hannah desperately wants to go to San Francisco to find her fiancé. Her future mate departed for the coast over a year go seeking gold. James tells Hannah that she has the job if her father approves. James is confident the man will say no because women and ships do not mix.
To his shock, her father approves of Hannah as the navigator. He prays that Hannah and James fall in love so that his daughter can drop that bum she is engaged to marry. On the trip around the Horn, the captain and the navigator fall in love. However, she declines James proposal, feeling she owes it to her fiancé to stay faithful to him. James has to prove that she needs him and not some person touched by gold fever.
INTO THE WILD WIND is a warm historical romance that will garner much reader attention to author Jane Goodger. The first three-quarters of the novel is some of the best story telling found in the sub-genre, especially the dueling between the couple. However, the plot slows down a bit when Hannah refuses to accept that her fiancé is out of touch with reality and that James is her love of a lifetime. Still, even the stretch run remains quite good though not on the par excellence of the earlier subplots. Ms. Goodger provides her audience with a fabulous Americana romance that will have the audience scampering for her previous w0orks.