|The Nautical Chart
|Coy is a suspended sailor with time on his hands, a seaman without a ship. At an auction in Barcelona, he meets a beautiful woman who immediately captures his imagination. Tánger Soto is obsessed with the Dei Gloria, a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates in the seventeenth century, and now — she hopes — resting on the bottom of the sea off the southern coast of Spain. Using her expertise with documents, atlases, and nautical maps, as well as her subtle manipulative skills with men, she charts the search for lost treasure. Coy is quickly drawn into the adventure, and before long finds himself falling in love. Along with El Piloto, the world-wise old man of the sea whose ship will carry this enterprising crew, they seek their fortune together. Or do they?
As these memorable characters trace the course of past sailors, their own journey becomes perilous. Is their treasure in the depths of the sea? And what of the depths of the heart? This highly intelligent and meticulously plotted novel combines the lush richness of atmosphere we have come to expect from Pérez-Reverte with the romance and mystery of the sea found in the novels of Melville, Conrad, and O’Brian.