As time draws near, the noose tightens, etc, etc, etc, anyways Bruce aka Nicklas realizes his brother is clearly onto him and his fatherly will also soon find out his secret, so he decides to try and sneak out while Devora goes ahead of him on another ship, but before he can quite get out of harbor the cannons are drawn on him and his ship sinks, and of cource his father finds him out.
After being forced into hard labor, Bruce still patronizes his father and still seeks his revenge, though in a more silent way.
But with revenge comes a new understanding that revenge is bittersweet and doesn't always have the desired affect.
Linda ends her Trade Winds trilogy with dynamic gusto and flair. As good as all the other 2 books were, what with the first meeting, and then the recognization, I felt that the conclusion of the trilogy was the best!