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"Perdita?" you ask. "Isn't she..."

"Perdita Torvey was Captain Torvey's daughter. She was seventeen when she set sail with her father and mother on the expedition. So she is my great-great-great aunt, I suppose. Here." Claudia pulls a photo of an old portrait out of her backpack. "That is Perdita."

You scrutinize the portrait. "If none of your family survived this expedition, then how . . . ?"

Claudia nods. "Perdita had a brother," she tells you. "Marcellus was nine years old in 1833. He was a sickly child and was sent to stay with relatives. Marcellus is my great-great-grandfather.

"It was very hard on him, to lose his entire family," Claudia goes on. "Harder still, perhaps, that they vanished. And then of course there were the rumors."

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