The Ebb-Tide

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894) and Lloyd Osbourne (1868 - 1947)

Three men down on their luck in Tahiti agree to ship out on a vessel whose officers have died of smallpox. Their desperate venture inspires them to a further idea: they will steal the schooner and its cargo of champagne, sell them, and live a plentiful life. The thought is intoxicating... and so is the cargo, which they sample. Inattention nearly brings them to grief in a sudden storm. This sobering experience is followed by another - apparently the dead officers had a similar ambition! - and their dreams of riches vanish.

Then, nearly out of provisions and deep in the heart of the Pacific where the chart shows no land - they happen on a small isle only hinted at in the records and never mapped. Saved! But what is this? The island hides a pearl fishery?

In the ebb-tide of fortune, what new villainy will the three attempt? (Summary by Mark F. Smith)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, Nautical & Marine Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Night On the Beach Mark F. Smith
Play 02 02 - Morning On the Beach - The Three Letters Mark F. Smith
Play 03 03 - The Old Calaboose - Destiny At the Door Mark F. Smith
Play 04 04 - The Yellow Flag Mark F. Smith
Play 05 05 - The Cargo of Champagne Mark F. Smith
Play 06 06 - The Partners Mark F. Smith
Play 07 07 - The Pearl-Fisher Mark F. Smith
Play 08 08 - Better Acquaintance Mark F. Smith
Play 09 09 - The Dinner Party Mark F. Smith
Play 10 10 - The Open Door Mark F. Smith
Play 11 11 - David and Goliath Mark F. Smith
Play 12 12 - Tail-Piece Mark F. Smith