Against the brutally decadent political stage of 1689 Port Royal, Jamaica, the unswerving Atia Crisp is thrust into the world of bondage, violence, beauty and love. Shipwrecked and sold into slavery with her sister Livia, the pair are soon separated and Atia is used as a pawn in a card game. Captivated by her loveliness, Atia is swiftly liberated by the outcast French pirate, Gator Gar, whose past is stained with blood and grief.
Working with a network of friends and allies including local strumpets, a card shark and the kindly unconventional Dr. Strangewayes, the couple are ushered away to safety after a mysterious outbreak of scarlet fever wreaks havoc on the city.
Within the luxuriant tropical confines of Dr. Strangewayes secret plantation at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, bonds of friendship are formed and the fierce love between Atia and Gator Gar becomes absolute. Atia is soon reunited with her sister, piratical father and unexpected old friends.
But nowhere is safe as spies seek out both Atia and Gator Gar for the bounties on their heads. Neither of them can escape the shadows of their former lives and must rely on each other’s strengths for survival. Their journey leads them to an inevitable conflict that threatens their world, but inches them closer towards freedom.
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