The main characters are three children named Susan, Charles, and Murray. The story begins shortly after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. At the time they were living in New York City, but their parents, worried about safety send the three children to live with their Uncle Farley.
Uncle Farley lives in a strange home called Drift House. The children's first impression is that the house looks like a ship that has been washed ashore. Little do they know, but that is exactly what Drift House is. The next morning they awake to find that Drift House has floated away on the Sea of Time. In this strange landscape nothing can be taken for granted.
Soon Susan, Charles, and Murray are involved in a grand adventure that involves devious mermaids, a fearsome pirate ship, a huge whirlpool, and an attempt to halt time in its tracks forever.
Dale Peck's novel is full of magical characters that aren't quite like anything I've ever heard of. Even his mermaids have subtle touches and strange details that make them surprisingly unique. “Drift House – The First Voyage” also has an excellent plot. The sudden twists and turns of this adventure will keep any reader at the edge of their seat. I would highly recommend “Drift House – The First Voyage” as an thrilling time travel story.
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