It's 1791. Friendly, handsome, and popular Billy Budd is a sailor on board the British warship H.M.S. Indomitable. Britain is at war with France, and because of the famous Nore and Spithead mutinies that occurred earlier in the year, every captain is alert for signs of mutiny and rebellion. The master-at-arms, John Claggatt, a vicious bully, is insanely jealous of Billy's good looks and popularity. Claggatt sets about to entrap Billy in a charge of fomenting mutiny, and as events unfold - violently - Captain Vere is forced to mete out justice in a situation where the very nature of innocence is called into question. Download and start listening now!