In the early part of the eighteenth century, two ships sail the waters of the Caribbean. The first, an English merchant ship, leaves Kingston, Jamaica fully laden and bound for her home port in England. On this voyage she carries two passengers. The first, Eleanor Simpson Forbes, seventeen years old, blonde haired, medium height, slender and beautiful, is an only child. Her father is Sir Benjamin Simpson Forbes, aide to Sir Francis Black, governor of Jamaica. Her mother is Lady Caroline Simpson Forbes, a stunningly beautiful English rose. The second passenger, Margaret Stewart, born of good Scottish stock, joined the Forbes’ as governess to Eleanor. She is travelling with her charge in her new position as companion.
The second ship, a French first-order frigate, now in the hands of a murderous horde of escaped prisoners, and by a cold-blooded, half-caste called Paul Duval, is engaged in acts of piracy.
Aboard the pirate vessel is a young English sailor, Peter Bennet, an unwilling member of the crew, released from prison when Duval led the daring escape and subsequent capture of the frigate. Just turned eighteen, tall, strong, with dark brown hair, and a ruddy complexion, Bennet has no choice but to accept the situation.
Will fate bring these two vessels together? If so, what does the future hold for all on board?