Cannons fire, splinters fly, and deep within the creaking hull of HMS Arcade, a scared boy waits.
David used to be a printing press assistant until he was snatched from the streets of Victorian England and press-ganged into service with the British Navy. Now a Loblolly Boy working in the ship's infirmary, his life consists of mopping blood-soaked floors, obeying the whims of his superiors and bearing witness to horrifying surgical procedures.
During a terrifying battle aboard his new home, he begins to suspect that Mr Slines - the ship's doctor - may not be whom he appears to be and stumbles across a discovery that requires the Admiral's urgent attention, if he can make it in time.
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