Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.
In the beginning of the book Isabelle is looking for a governess for Jack and is hosting meetings at her new home for people that would like to understand dragons. Natalie is still there and would be continuing doing the meetings while Isabelle is gone for two years for her exploration around the world for dragons. Before she sets out on the Basilisk, someone from Baymabe comes ask Isabelle for some help for what was going on with the dragons. She can't go, because she has been banned from ever returning, but she couldn't tell him that, so she told a lie on why she couldn't go see what was wrong.
Jack, who is nine at the time, and is new governess, Abigail 'Abby' Crewes, joins Isabelle and Tom on the Basilisk. There we are introduced to a new character, the Mad Captain Dione Aekintos, I will admit I didn't see anything mad about him. Two weeks into their trip they spot a sea-serpent, killed it and examined it while they could. For me hearing what was going on, on the Basilisk was a bore, because nothing really happened until the step on land.
Then we finally meet my favorite character, Suhail, who is introduced by jumping off a cliff in only a loincloth. Comes to find out that Suhail is a archaeologist who loves the Draconean history and culture. He took Isabelle and Tom to some ruins where they saw a feathered dragon, and that's where Isabelle became narrow minded, only a little, she seemed really interested in what Suhail had to say. (I ship them, sorry).
After the leave they go to Yelang, where nothing much really happened, besides them getting kicked out before they could get any research done. We do, however, find out that some dragons do mate forever. Soon after they caught a disease, which caused them to have to shave their heads. I forgot what the place is called, but they went there to rehabilitate while Dione goes around trying to earn money. Then Suhail comes back, because he's now stranded in a sense because the captain of the ship he was on didn't want him as a passenger no more because of his luggage.
Suhail is now the new member of the Basilisk and soon after they get caught up in some storms and the ship gets stuck on a coral reef. This is where things get interesting, they are now in Keonga. I'm not going to get into details on what happened during their stay there, because to me, that's the most interesting part of the story.
I for one, can't wait for the next one to come out. I'm trying to guess where they might go to next since she can't go back to Baymabe, but who knows she may.