Melynda is the daughter of a wealthy merchant in eighteenth century England. Her father has arranged for her to be married to an equally wealthy merchant in Nassau. Alone she is put upon a merchant ship bound for the Caribbean.
The trip begins with violence and the ship that this carrying her, is overrun by pirates. The pirate captain, Clegg the Cruel takes the maiden captive, and she quickly learns life among a ship full of pirates can be filled with dangers of many kinds. She is threatened with harm by a couple of salty seaman, when the Captain Clegg intercedes.
The first time actually seeing the Captain is a shock to Melynda, but not nearly as shocking as the justice meted out by the Captain toward the two drunken louts who tried to take advantage of the young maid.
The Captain realizes that the maid will bring a hefty ransom and needs to keep her alive and unharmed. So provisions are made for her to be given more than adequate accommodations while on the pirate ship.
It's not long before the Captain begins to find the charms of the maid quite enticing and slowly warms up to her. Thinking of keeping the girl for HERSELF.