The biography of John Paul Jones, born John Paul, is a tale of adventure and courage matching that of any account of a fictional hero. Against the background of the American revolution, Captain Jones establishes himself as the first naval hero of the U.S. navy. But even as a small boy in Scotland, Jones dreams of proud sailing ships. And weaned on his grandfather's stories of Scottish heroism, his young blood is fired with patriotic fervor. His manifold adventures as an apprentice, his meteoric rise to captaincy, his subsequent bouts with mutiny and murder, and his achievements as an American captain, which culminated in the famous battle between the onhomme Richard and the Serapis, mark the fullfilment of his boyhood dreams and clearly indicate that his was a life that reached the proportions of heroic romance.