Conch Island is a lavish place with people who are mostly of good intentions. Captain Slaughter has found that his days at sea are best left behind him. However, Conch has a new Governor and he holds the laws of the Crown in most high regard. This affords Slaughter an untimely meeting with old friends.
Nathaniel, first a young boy, now a young man, has been given his charge to take to the seas and command his ship to greater places. He is worried he will not have Rocco to go to in times of doubt.
Nathaniel Wrigglesworth is now the Captain that everyone listens to. What he fears the most is losing friends and their trust. An ego has no place on the high seas, and mutiny is no small thing to deal with either.
"Time comes when the salt spray stings a bit more than usual, and pain in yer bones don't be leavin' by morn. Comes that time, young lad, when a Cap'n takes ta the easy life, if there be one."