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Captain Thomas James led his privateersmen on a rousing chase through the Spice Islands. He fought Sulu pirates, rogue Scotsmen, and the Royal Navy. Hes been double-crossed by an officer who kidnapped his wife Elizabeth. But our hero rescued hisMoreCaptain Thomas James led his privateersmen on a rousing chase through the Spice Islands. He fought Sulu pirates, rogue Scotsmen, and the Royal Navy. Hes been double-crossed by an officer who kidnapped his wife Elizabeth. But our hero rescued his fair damsel by firmly skewering that scoundrel with his sword to the binnacle.An old hag he befriended hoodwinked his lovely slave girl by claiming to be a witch. She tricked her with an evil potion. This instigated all this bloody death and destruction.Captain James testified at the court of inquiry. As a result the hag burned at the stake just like in old times back at Salem. Our story now begins the day after.Tom ponders how to extricate himself from the snares of the Royal Navy. It lures his enemies with its 10,000 £ reward: dead or live but preferably dead.Shall he double-cross his Chinese benefactors, the Lee clan, or must he marry Ming Lee instead? How can he face Elizabeth if he agrees to a Chinese wedding?What favor must he grant to Governor Rueben van Meissen? Will this financially strapped governor arrest him in order to claim the reward money?How might he defeat those modern day cannibals, the greedy bankers who await his return to New York? If he cant payoff that two million debt- perhaps our Tom had best disappear into uncharted waters?How better than for him to join Aunt Lucindas convoy carrying New Covenant pilgrims to Oregon Territory? T.J. can hide in that vast unmapped wilderness. He might also grab his share of the five million in assets. These are being squandered by Reverend Winslow Hussey upon this hair-brained adventure.Why not? Arent the Mormons migrating to the Great Salt Lake deserts? At least Oregon has trees, water, and friendly Indians! But all comers beware! Our Thomas is top dog at what he does best: hes Americas most successful privateer.