Venturer by Everett Coles
Approx. 84,460 words.
Published on July 14, 2011.
a world poor in resources, a water world: seven small islands support the descendants of a colony ship.With land at a premium, disgraced inhabitants are sentenced to life imprisonment in glass flasks sunk beneath the sea.
commerce between the islands is fiercely competitive with devious and deceitful ploys a matter of course and piracy is rife.