Maria Lindsey. Legend has it that she was a maniacal madwoman, the Pirate Queen of the Seas to the west of Newfoundland and into the St. Lawrence. Intent on cruelty and malice, crews of captured ships were given no quarter as she slaughtered them to a man by heinous means. Aided by her lover Eric Cobham and their rag-tag crew of fishermen turned pirates, plundering and sinking ships was secondary to the thrill of satisfying Maria's sadistic needs.
Yet the reality of any legend depends on the teller of the tale. Peter Lindsey, Maria's younger brother, is along for the ride and knows there is a different side to his one and only sister. Peter loves Maria, and wants nothing more than to protect he, to save her. What happened to the gentle and loving young girl that he knew? Could the rigours of 18th century life really transform Maria into the monster they say she was, or is there something more to her story? Can Peter save Maria from her life and herself? Love and tragedy sail hand in hand, and only Peter's story can reveal the truth.
John W. Goodland lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, with us wife and three teenage children. A avid reader of westerns and historical fiction since he was a young lad, the rich history of his home Province provided the inspiration to launch his own story telling journey. This is his second novel.