The city of New Orleans, in 1812, was a hotbed of intrigue. Caught between British and American interests, it was a pawn which could bring either side great prosperity. It is to this city Ned Brown, a thirteen year old orphan, comes in search of a lost uncle. No sooner does he arrive than he becomes involved with the famous pirate, Lafitte. Irresistibly attracted to the dashing Frenchman, he is torn with fear that Lafitte will aid the British. When his hero shows himself to be pro-American, Ned, who has had his share of adventure in the conflict, is vastly relieved and looks forward to a gay and fast moving life with his uncle on a Louisiana river boat. Lots of action and local color give this boy's adventure story an added dimension. A painless way to study the last war between England and the United States.