In 1898, in the middle of the Spanish-American War, sea pilot Peter Long receives a mysterious request for his services. He is asked to guide a three-masted coasting schooner to the ocean’s mouth. The ship’s master is none other than Eben Soule, Long’s old rival from their days as apprentices aboard the pilot schooner Tunnell. A pacifist Quaker sympathizer, Soule is ousted from the pilot service for his activist ways. Despite past rivalries, including competition for the love of the daughter of a wealthy Quaker ship owner, Soule secretly remains a hero for Long. The crew suspects Soule to be involved with aiding the enemy, and the schooner’s true landfall to be Cuba. When Spanish voices are heard in a locked part of the hold, mutiny appears imminent. What unfolds is a story of friendship, competition, and conflict in which Long must look past old feelings and decide where his loyalties lie.
"For one who loves both sailing and the history of Quaker Philadelphia, Tunnell's Boys brings alive a time, a place, and a culture which I have lived in through my imagination. An exciting and absorbing human drama which kept me turning the pages.".
Margaret Hope Bacon
Author of The Quiet Rebels: The Story of the Quakers in America
"Like Tony Junker's adventurous protagonist, I found myself challenged anew: when to fight and by what means? When to question cynically my government's posture and when to join my neighbor's true hopes for democracy? How to express my passion and still listen for the inner voice? This book is for anyone who loves peace and finds "integrity" as much a verb as a noun."
George Lakey, Author of Powerful Peacemaking
"You’ve got the ability to make a 21st century city girl interested in 19th century sailors. Well done."