Ann Zavala. San Francisco Gold (1995) 286 pp.
After eight years at sea, fighting pirates and even becoming one herself, Sophie sails into the harbor of Gold Rush San Francisco as the captain of her own ship. She has come to San Francisco in search of her sister, who disappeared from New Orleans six months ago and is now running a brothel. The city is rough and dangerous, but Sophie can take care of herself—she is deadly with a knife and not afraid to use one. But beneath the streets of Chinatown, powerful men from both sides of the Pacific play a sinister game of international finance in which innocent women are the pawns. A tale of opium, romance and white slavery.