Two Books in one.
'Richard Bolitho - Midshipman' : October 1772, Portsmouth, and sixteen-year-old Richard Bolitho waits to join the "Gorgon" ordered to sail to the west coast of Africa and to destroy those who challenge the King's Navy. For Bolitho, and for many of the crew, it is a severe and testing initiation into the game of seamanship.
'Midshipman Bolitho And The Avenger': December 1773, Falmouth. The young Bolitho looks forward to a family Christmas in Cornwall while the "Gorgon" is refitted. But Cornwall is the treacherous stamping ground of smugglers and wreckers. After the murder of a revenue officer, Bolitho is swept aboard his brother's cutter "Avenger" on a dangerous mission of hide and seek.