Title: Raiders' Ransom
Author: Emily Diamand
SF J DIAMAND
In 23rd-century Great Britain, the piratical raiders kidnap the Prime Minister’s daughter. Lilly Melkun, an English fishergirl, takes on a rescue attempt, with a talking jewel tucked in her belt as ransom.
Because of climate change, much of 23rd-century England is underwater. Poor Lilly is out fishing with her trusty first mate, Cat, when greedy raiders pillage the town—and kidnap the Prime Minister’s daughter. Her village blamed, Lilly decides to find the girl. Off she sails, in secret. And with a ransom: a mysterious talking jewel. Along the way she forms a wary friendship with Zeph, a punky raider boy. “If I save the Prime Minister’s daughter,” Lilly reasons, “he’s sure to reward me.” Little does Lilly know that it will take more than grit to outwit the tricky, treacherous piratical tribes!