This is the seventh and final book in Cynthia Voigt's acclaimed Tillerman series, about Dicey Tillerman and her family, where Dicey enters adulthood, learning life's lessons the hard way.
'Dicey straightened up. A man was leaning against the door frame, the bright sunlight behind him shadowing his face. His eyes watched her, laughing.'
Dicey Tillerman knows you don't get what you want just by wanting it. But running a boat-building business proves to be tougher than she could have imagined. So when a drifter turns up at her shop offering help for free, Dicey accepts. It's a gamble, but how high are the stakes? Does she trust him too much?
'Seventeen Against The Dealer' is a haunting book that concludes the story of characters introduced in book one, 'Homecoming'.