Cornwall, England. 1726. Isaac Bailey returns home after five years at sea, expecting a welcome from his family. Instead, he finds his parents' graves and his sister, Scarlett, waiting to be rescued from the orphanage. Against his will, Isaac is thrust into a world of smuggling, forced into the service of wealthy syndicate boss Charles Reuben. "Prove yourself trustworthy," says Flora, the witch's daughter, "and the chance for escape will come." But as Isaac sets about gaining Reuben's trust, he unwittingly draws Scarlett and Flora into his dangerous world of midnight landings. And the harder he tries to pull them from the smugglers' net, the harder they are entangled. Find out where it all began in this short story prequel to the West Country Trilogy, set fourteen years before the events of Book One.