A ship haunted by a stain on her honor. . . A captain torn between his love for two women, and between his loyalty to his best friend and to the Navy in which they have spent their lives. . . These are just two of the compelling themes that make this epic novel of a ship's ordeal in the Pacific during World War II a masterpiece of action and surging human drama. Time and Tide begins with the cruiser USS Jefferson City looming out of the dawn, in flight from a night terror and death, the dead bodies of crew members floating in water filled compartments below decks. She has deserted her sister ships at the Battle of Savo Island- the worst naval defeat in American history. The Jefferson City's new captain, laconic, Kansas-born Arthur McKay, has relieved his best friend and Annapolis roommate, Captain Winfield Scott Schley Kemble, and has to decide how to redeem the ship- whether to protect his friend's reputation against the Navy's determination to blame him for the Savo debacle, or root out the truth and perhaps ruin him. McKay's tough minded wife, Rita wants him to destroy Win Kemble, a man she once loved and now loathes. She warns McKay that his future in the Navy depends on presenting Kemble as a victim to Ernest J. King who wants a scapegoat for Savo Island. Around McKay's struggle revolve the lives and fate of the officers and men aboard the Jefferson City, from sneering, corrupt Executive Officer Daniel Boone Parker to doubt- tormented Chaplain Emerson Bushnell to Jack Peterson, the cocky fire control man, compelled by his sailor's code to be unfaithful to every woman who loves him. Through these personal stories, and many more, we follow the war. The Jefferson City becomes the accumulated experiences as her captain and crew search for the meaning of such words as shipmate, honor, faith. Time and Tide is a great love story, a powerful sea story, a voyage into the dark depths of our century, an epic of Americans on the cutting edge of history.