Young and ambitious, George Chase takes his wife, Harriet, to pioneer a frontier town in Maine where he champions the oppressed in his rise to power. Chase wins a consulship to Hawaii, but on his way to the Pacific he confronts America's disgrace: slavery. Persuaded to liberate a slave girl, Chase secretly escorts her to freedom on the island of Maui where he oversees the whaling fleet, only to discover ships ruled like plantations. Arresting a ship captain for manslaughter, he inflames Washington from the White House to the Supreme Court. "Chase" is a historical fiction based on the lives and writings of George Monroe Chase (1806-1855) and Harriet Norwood Chase (1811-1893). 2006 paperback, 403 pages.