The legendary Captain Flint is the meanest, most dangerous bandit on the high seas. He fears only one man, his friend and fellow freebooter 'Gentleman' John Silver. Silver is the nearest thing to nobility on these lawless oceans, and the only person preventing Flint from inflicting the same merciless sadism on his victims as he does on his luckless crew.
But there's more to piracy than rum, sodomy and the lash – there's gold, hundreds of thousands of pieces of it, pieces of eight beyond the wildest dreams of most men. And as these ill–gotten gains pour into the ship's holds, Flint schemes to secure the vast treasure for himself. To stand a chance, Silver must do battle with his own honour, as well as Flint's treachery, setting the scene for an epic battle of wits and swords on the sweltering seas of the Caribbean.