The best of this because the natural color of the situation has necessitated a minimum of hereise, follows the adventures of Barnaby Winn, ship's boy on an expedition down the Mississippi to capture Lafitte and raid Barataria. The venture proves unsuccessful, cut active, for Barnaby finds himself pushed overboard and taken by the ""pirates"". He meets the Picots, wealthy plantation owners and partisans, stays with them as a and begins to learn of the split in popular opinion about Lafitte. And as he learns about Lafitte himself, Barnaby soon becomes as partisan as the Picots and is chan through, on this wave of new feeling, to victory against the British which Lafitte helped to achieve. A lot about Lafitte and his ways buttress the story line.