Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, European Fiction Series)
In the season of autumn gales, a man calling himself Euthryn Trikaliss and his young daughter Timea took passage up the Danube on the Saint Barbara, a cargo boat owned by Athanas Brasowitsch, the wealthy merchant of Komorn, in Hungary. Although Trikaliss posed as a Greek trader, proprietor of the cargo of grain carried by the vessel, the crew felt that there was some mystery about him and his lovely daughter, a suspicion confirmed when a Turkish gunboat was sighted in pursuit. By quick wit and daring, Michael Timar, supercargo of the Saint Barbara, outwitted the pursuing brigantine, brought the craft safely through the perilous rocks of the Iron Gate, and anchored it near an unnamed island on the left bank of the river.
Seeing signs of habitation on the island, Michael went ashore in hopes of buying fresh provisions for the Saint Barbara. In the midst of several acres of cultivated ground lived a woman who gave her name only as Therese and her daughter Naomi. Therese agreed to supply fruits, flour, kids, and cheese, but refused to take any money in return. She and her daughter, she explained, lived by barter, trading with farmers and smugglers of the district. When Michael returned to the boat for grain to offer in exchange for Therese’s goods, he brought Timea and her father ashore with him.
During their overnight stay on the island, another visitor, apparently an unwelcome one, appeared. He was Theodore Kristyan, who announced himself as...
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