Pirates. Now she had to contend with pirates. Victoria wondered at the magnitude of her bad luck as she tried to gulp down her fear. Contempt narrowed her eyes as they swept over the British captain’s inert form lying on the floor. Her hopes rose with her gaze when the blows to the door ceased.
In the eerie silence, resounding words echoed throughout the cabin. “Find Buck,” ordered a voice of authority. “Seems I have need of his special talents. I’ll handle this.”
A historical fiction that’s easy to read and hard to put down. This novel takes place in 1772, during the brief lull in American history when, for the most part, rebellion is still whispered and loyalties, while questioned, are not, as of yet, tested.
The story opens on the high seas with American pirates swarming over the decks of a ship, while others are bashing down the door of the captain’s quarters. Once they gain entry, the pirate captain is confronted with not only the British captain lying on the floor with a knife in his back, but an abused cabin boy. After offering the boy the opportunity to join his pirate crew, he soon discovers that the cabin boy is, in reality, a young woman fleeing a royal decree.
Weeks later, when the pirate ship finally sets anchor outside the colonial Charles Town harbor, the captain, although intrigued, lets the mysterious woman go. Intertwined with deceptions on the part of the American pirate and the English woman is a love story in which these two strong-willed individuals, with similar convictions yet different perspectives, overcome their differences on a coastal South Carolina rice plantation.