Mate: The nun is one of those gift-of-God characters an author stumbles on if he's very, very lucky. She is from Inisboffin, a tiny storm-besieged island off the northwest coast of Ireland. Of course she is stunningly beautiful, mysteriously silent and as tough as the rock she was brought up on. In her youth she had a wildly erotic affair that I can't divulge without ruining the story. Torn by guilt, she joins the convent. Her twin brother joins the Irish resistance against the British (I lived through the Hungarian revolution against the Russians in 1956 so I have a pretty good background for him.) When he's injured, he has to escape the country, ending up in Tahiti. He writes her regularly, then suddenly stops. With the enormous twin blood-bond, she's frantic about his disappearance, and flees the convent to search for him. Aboard the ketch, through Nello, she begins to rediscover her sensuality and sexual fire. It's a great conflict for her to choose between a flesh-and-blood lover and her much-beloved God, especially since she needs the help of both to find her brother, who is, in fact
I myself am dying to find out what happens.