The time is the early 1800s, and the British Navy stands as
the only bulwark against the militant fanaticism of Napoleonic France. Jack
Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of
post-captains for a crime his has not committed. His old friend Stephen Maturin,
usually acting as the ship’s surgeon to cover his activities on behalf of
British intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his old ship The Surprise to command as a privateer. Together they sail on a
desperate mission against the French which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey
from the private hell of his disgrace.
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