"On the island of Att-Sfer, we found a village of such beauty—the green cone of the volcano, the white-blue of the water indistinguishable from sky—that Kassem and Zayma suggested it must be a vision meant to convince us to stay. The clear-water harbor was too shallow for Godlian navy ships, or even for the great merchant fleet of the continent, but at high tide our keel had no trouble skating over the reef."