You're not supposed to be independent if you're a woman in the early 18th century. That simply isn't an attractive quality, making you likely to remain unmarried.
Unfortunately for Bethany she's prepared to become a spinster if that is what it takes to claim her independence. So grasp the insanity that she attracts male affection, and when proposed to she runs for the high seas.
Stealing some old shirts and trousers she transforms herself into a man in order to escape her fate, but her respite it short as the ship is soon attacked by pirates. And Bethany knows how women on pirate ships are treated...
Yet, as if hiding her true identity from a pack of murderous, backstabbing scoundrels plus a brutally vicious and womanizing captain isn't enough - across the seas her lovesick and delusional fiancée sets out to rescue, what he thinks is, his damsel in distress.
(Author's Note: It's been featured on Wattpad's readinglist: Shipwrecked! Sweet merciful chocolate chip ice scream, if only little old me had known that when she wrote all this down all those years ago... I wrote this story back in 2007. I'm going to edit it properly sometime in the future, but it's a long story so that might take a while. Until then, bare with it.)