1800. HMS Ulysses mutinies off Trinidad and vanishes in the Caribbean. No one knows how many of the crew are left alive or what the mutineers plan to do with the vessel.
Captain Hiram Nightingale is a veteran of the wars which have raged throughout Europe and the Americas for the last decades. But a grand victory at the Battle of the Nile comes at a devastating cost to him, forcing him to reevaluate his successes. Plagued by wounds both physical and mental, he attempts to recover by accepting command of HMS Scylla. His task is to hunt down the mutinous Ulysses and bring the ship and crew to justice.
However, it soon becomes clear that the Ulysses is just one danger in an immense web. Nightingale finds himself in the middle of a network of secrets and intrigue that will affect him and everyone onboard the Scylla. He has to battle against the perils of the war-torn seas, a crew who he fears does not accept him, and meddling, powerful figures from the past.
And in the centre of this, his new lieutenant, the popular and handsome Arthur Courtney, stirs repressed feelings. On his journey, Nightingale has to confront his own demons and face up to turmoil that he has long ignored.
It seems, during his dangerous adventure, Nightingale's greatest enemy might be himself.
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