Newfoundland in 1676 was a scene of conflict and greed. Devon fishermen, jealous of the ocean's rich bounty, resented the settlements which grew up on the Newfoundland coast. Ruthlessly they plundered the colonies, which without an organized government, were at their mercy. In this story of two teen-age boys, one a native Newfoundlander and one, a Londoner, mutiny, intrigue, and piracy ultimately conspire to aid the cause of the colonists, who in uncovering a hidden treasure, are placed in a position where they can defend their rights of autonomy. Well paced adventure and mystery delineate an epoch which is relatively obscure, but significant in terms of North American history.