Son of Fortune
Aiden Lynch's adventures continue in the sequel to The Devil's Paintbox (2009). Set in the mid-1860s in San Francisco, Aiden, 16, is a survivor. He always manages to stay one step ahead of trouble and wins a ship in a high-stakes poker game. He connects with two other fortune-hunting young men, Fish, the son of a Swedish captain and Christopher Worthington, the son of a financier. Together, they embark on a scheme to import guano, a highly potent fertilizer, from Peruvian mines. But what they find in Peru is a savage business and Aiden must rise above his prejudices as he's plunged into a dark and dangerous game.