By Miriam Nesset
Published: May 27, 2012.
Captain Lanyon Penberthy, of Cornwall, England, is shipwrecked on a remote island off the coast of Maine. Severely injured and shifting in and out of consciousness, he is set adrift amid illusions and dreams. As the sea smoke that surrounds the island visually distorts it, so does his reality become distorted, dredging up the past, conjuring up the future, and confusing his rational mind.