Pirates save a boy from drowning only to find themselves all in danger deep as the sea.
Plucked from the sea at the age of 11, Silas Orr is a cabin boy aboard the pirate ship Tenacity. Black Johnnie, the captain, is more of a swashbuckling father figure than a fierce pirate, which is exactly what Silas needs. Orphaned at a young age, Silas is used to being overlooked and abused, but as a pirate, he finds acceptance, adventure and even love. When the Tenacity picks up James, a young boy with a secret secured in a lead box, the pirates also gain the attention of some particularly dangerous enemies. Black Johnnie and his crew are as interested in fashionable clothes and fresh-baked goods as in rum and sword fighting, but when their ship and their treasure are stolen, they must rely on all of their talents to make it back to sea. Even though the pirates are far from realistic, Silas’ story is compelling enough to keep the story afloat. Blackmail, mutiny and an erupting volcano all contribute to the page-turner, but it is the bond between the captain and Silas that makes this story a page-earner.
An exciting adventure with a tender heart. (Adventure. 9-13)