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This is set in 1715, soon after King George has taken the throne left vacant after the death of Queen Anne. Captain Flint (Toby Stephens - Die Another Day ) leads his pirate crew to attack merchant ships on the high seas. One of the sailors aboard such a ship, John Silver (Luke Arnold - Half Magic ), tries to escape the carnage by pretending to be the ship's cook. The pirates need a cook, so they let him join the crew. He does not want to escape yet, because he has a plan to get rich first.
Flint is after a page that contains the schedule of a Spanish treasure galleon. However, Silver stole the page from the real ship's cook. When the pirates take him back to their base, New Providence Island, he aims to sell it to a rival pirate captain. A sharp-eyed whore named Max ( Jessica Parker Kennedy ) spots what he is up to, and offers her services as a middle-man.
Captain Flint needs to find the missing page, because without it he has nothing to offer his crew. He also has to cope with a rival in the ranks, an uppity underling who wants to replace Flint as Captain. And since the job is elected by the crew, the missing page is more vital than ever.
Captain Flint is only mentioned in passing in Treasure Island , but he buried the treasure that his former cook, John Silver, wanted so badly to retrieve.
Captain Flint explains his plan to Eleanor Guthrie. He wants to use the gold from the Urca De Lima to finance the development of the island as a nation of thieves. The pirates could become farmers and soldiers, a militia strong enough to withstand the Spanish Empire – or the British. Basically he outlines the US rebellion of 1776, sixty years earlier.
The Lady of New Providence has been carrying on a lesbian affair with Max the whore. But now she has a decision to make – the lady or the loot? In all fairness, the whore had the same choice and chose to sell out her lover in exchange for the cut of the sale.
Vane and his sidekicks go to meet Silver for the exchange. It is at a remote section of beach, where wrecked ships are dumped and the lepers live. However, Vane does not trust Silver to make an honest trade. Rackham is trusted with a massive supply of precious black pearls.
Billy Bones sets Silver with a new task. He must seek out potential mutineers, those who sided with Singleton in the vote against Flint.
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens - Die Another Day ) has his clue to the route of the Spanish treasure ship. They need another ship to double their chances of success. The obvious source is the man in charge of the fort - Captain Ben Hornigold, an old man with Jacobite sympathies. However, there is another option. Rackham proposes than Flint makes an alliance with his arch-rival Charles Vane.
Eleanor Guthrie oversees the negotiations, and will oversee the agreement. Vane goes along with this, because he wants to get back together with her. After all, she is single ever since Max fled. But did Max really make it to safety off the island?
Gates takes command of Vane's old ship, so Billy Bones gets elected Quarter-master of Flint's ship. The first thing they must do is careen the hull. However, the surveyor points out that the beach is not suitable for the task. Silver is not a good cook, and has never barbecued a pig before. The crew are distracted by the f*ck-tent. All in all, this is a disaster is waiting to happen.
A week has passed since Eleanor double-crossed Vane and took his ship. He has now become an alkie. Rackham sticks with him, because after losing the pearls he has nowhere else to go. A few other crewmen also stay loyal, but only because they get free goes on Max.
A ship arrives from the Guthrie Trading Company in Boston, Massachussets Colony. This is the source of Eleanor's power - she is the pirates' fence, and her grandfather's company sells the stolen cargos on their trading route along the ports of the thirteen colonies. She wants Captain Burgess to hand over his ship's cannons, He replies that he does not want to end up in a shallow grave near Cambridge. This is a reference to the town where Harvard is based - although it was founded a century earlier by the Regicide, Hugh Peters.
Flint's ship closes in on the merchant vessel, which is as well-armed as a warship. It has thirty-two guns to protect against pirates, and sixty men to guard the cargo. Flint's accountant is nervous, because he has never been in battle before. Billy Bones tries to give him a pep-talk.
Silver has been left with Eleanor for safe-keeping. Without the support of her family's trading company, her position is untenable. She calls a meeting of the remaining captains, and proposes to start her own company.
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens - Die Another Day ) has boarded the merchant ship, but the Captain has secured the lower decks. We discover why Mr Scott is not among the trusted crew.
Anne Bonney has not had much to do so far. Her part in the story was to be muscle for Rackham. Now she gets to be a major character in her own storyline. She is sick of what's left of her crew having sex with Max , so she plots with Eleanor Guthrie to have them all murdered. Silver gets coerced into the plot.
The crew has elected the accountant as the new quartermaster. Billy was lost overboard in a tragic accident, just as his friend was lost in the careening incident. The Bosun is suspicious of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens - Die Another Day ), who was the last man seen with both of them.
The crew has elected Silver as the new cook.
Rackham is left in charge of the brothel, and is perplexed by its apparent inability to make a profit. Max advises him Set your house in order!
Vane has sailed up the river to a logging camp. The man in charge is the one who haunts his nightmares.
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens - Die Another Day ) knows the Spanish treasure ship is nearby. But The crew are mutinous dogs! Only John Silver (Luke Arnold - ) is loyal to the Captain. The mutineers are so keen to start trouble that they will sacrifice the other ship to the Spanish rather than try to capture the treasure.
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens - Die Another Day ) and John Silver (Luke Arnold - ) have to earn the forgiveness of the crew. Their only option is to take the Spanish ship.
There is a new Captain on the high seas. His name is Lowe, and he is a brutal thug. Eleanor Guthrie ( Hannah New ) has enough on her plate, getting Captain Charles Vane (Zach McGowan - The 100 ) to attend meetings of the town council.
In the flashbacks, we learn that Flint was once a Captain in the Royal Navy. Yes, just like that loveable rogue Jones in Once Upon A Time , he is a gamekeeper turned poacher. He befriended another young gentleman, Thomas Hamilton (Rupert Penry-Jones - The Strain ).
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens - Die Another Day ) and John Silver (Luke Arnold - ) took the Spanish ship. But now they have to earn back their place in the crew.
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens - Die Another Day ) and John Silver (Luke Arnold - ) get back to Nassau.