In the late 1600's on the high seas. A group of Barbary galley slaves plot as they ply the oars of a pirate ship, hatching a scheme to find a cache of Spanish gold. Amazingly they succeed - leaving behind some very unhappy men who vow to hunt down the vagabonds and bring them to justice, no matter what the cost. Meanwhile back in France, Eliza toast of Versilles and spy extraordinaire - attempts to return to London with her baby, a child whose paternity is shrouded in mystery. Making her way home the ship is stopped by a French privateer and she is returned to the French court. Thrown back into a web of international intrigue, Eliza must contend with all manner of characters... - Backcover.