During a shore leave in Georgetown, Dan and crew go to the aid of the son and widow of an old shipmate of Dan’s, who are being pressured by a corrupt official to reveal the whereabouts of a stash of buried treasure.
Summoned to an island prison off Carolina, Dan is asked to transport a Scottish prisoner to the Commissioner at Port Royal to argue the case of unjustly-jailed Scots. Dan agrees to help, but gets caught in the act and soon lands in prison.
Dan and crew are summoned to Savannah by Paula Meadows to try to help Paula’s uncle to get a fair price for his tobacco crop. The uncle is bound, by law, to accept the unfairly low price offered by the South Carolina Trading Company.
Tempest and crew work up a plan to help an Indian fighter known as ‘Understandable’ Perkins, who, despite his hard work in making the Carolinas a safer place to live, is getting a raw deal from the crooked Governor of South Carolina.
Dan and the crew know there’s a traitor in their midst, when a pirate known as ‘Pegleg’ Finn knows just where they intend to bury their hard-earned gold. So Dan devises a plan to find out just who the spy is, which involves placing a spy in Pegleg’s crew.
A British treasury ship has been plundered, and its cargo of 20,000 pounds gold is bound for the war coffers of Spain. Tempest and crew trace the gold to the villa of a devious Spanish noblewoman, who intends to keep it all for herself.
After a hurricane devastates Nassau, funds are desperately needed to rebuild. Tempest learns of a Spanish treasury ship that has run aground in the storm on a nearby island and he and his crew set sail to find it.
Tempest and crew return from a long voyage to find that New Providence has fallen to Don Estaban and his Conquistadors. Tempest makes his way ashore, and devises a plan to re-take the island.
A Spaniard by the name of Don Estaban has overtaken the Sultana, and holds Tempest and crew prisoner on their own ship. He then executes a scheme to turn the people of New Providence against Tempest.
Calico Jack Rackam takes advantage of Tempest’s absence and consorts with Van Brugh in a plan to steal the Sultana’s cargo of valuable goods from the Merchants of New Providence.
Van Brugh produces a young man claiming to be Lord Percy Gresham, the true owner of Gresham Island, a critical outpost for the defense of New Providence. But Tempest knows that the real Percy Gresham is dead.
To spare Nassau from destruction, Beamish secretly surrenders to a Spanish captain, and, when Dickon tries to stop him, he is taken prisoner as well. They are taken to a prison in Cuba where Beamish is pressed for information on a certain English convoy.
Taken prisoner on the Sultana after a raid on Nassau, a smooth-talking English pirate by the name of Clip West cons a gullible Sultana sailor into helping him and his crew take over the ship.
A Spanish captain offers to allow food deliveries to New Providence in exchange for the release of a Spanish count, imprisoned on the island. When Beamish refuses, Gaff and Taffy deliver Armando, posing as the Count.
An epidemic strikes New Providence, and Beamish imposes a quarantine until a surgeon can be brought in. Tempest and Armando sneak away to the Spanish-held island of Sangre Rojo, where they arrest a Spanish surgeon and take him back to New Providence.
The men on New Providence are looking forward to the arrival of some new female settlers on a ship called The Caroline. Tempest and his crew put to sea to make sure the women arrive safely to their new home.
An adaptation of Edith Wharton's final book. In London for the season, young American women charm the impoverished English aristocracy with their vivacity and wealth. But it all turns to ashes.