Reminiscing from his exalted position as ""the Queen's Justice of the High Court of the Admiralty in the Year of our Lord 1589"", Davy goes back to his boyhood days in Ireland when with his father, the great pirate Captain of the Res-Spa and his swashbuckling friend Con O'Daniel, they commanded the surrounding waters, pillaging any hated English vessel in the vicinity until the last bloody battle which takes she Captain's life and brings Davy, unconscious, to Bradley House in England, as a guest of the English Admiral Sir Henry, a great admirer of Davy's father. Despite excellent treatment, Davy resents his host and escapes to his Grandfather's home where to his utter amazement he is taken prisoner. A second rescue by Sir Henry Convinces Davy who his friends are and he settles down to a life at Oxford where he is trained as a great barrister. Once on the Bench and in social circles dominated by Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth, Davy Comes to know the indefinable lines between Irish pirates and wealthy ""privateers"" protected by law. Thus, although law dictates that he condemn his old friend Con, in the dark of night that law is revoked by the hand of a truer justice. A unique and thrilling plot, skillfully handled, particularly in the shading of characterization of both heroes and villains.