In 1797, young Billy Budd is impressed into naval service.
It is a perilous time for a British Royal Navy still reeling from mutinies and
marauding French ships. When Billy is forcibly transferred to HMS Bellipotent, he evokes the wrath of
John Claggart, the ship’s master-at-arms. Claggart falsely accuses Billy of
conspiracy to mutiny, a charge that will have a profound effect on the fates of
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