He was the most notorious pirate ever: an accomplished seaman, a ferocious captain and a cold-blooded killer. Loved by some, hated by others, his hellish name would strike the fear of God into all who heard it - Blackbeard! In the early 18th Century, as the fleets of Britain and Spain patrol the seas of the world, another force is at large - a disparate, lawless array of captured ships, manned by desperate runaways and renegades. This is the golden age of the pirate and the greatest of them all, Edward Teach. By 1717, Teach was at the height of his notoriety. Those who witnessed his terrifying appearance and unbridled ferocity took him for the devil himself and gave him the fearsome nickname, Blackbcard. Captain of a pirate flotilla, he had instigated a reign of terror up and down the East coast of America, but now he was ready to up the stakes. Blackbcard's audacious plan would strike at the very heart of the British Government. It would seal his reputation and riches, but could it also bring his downfall?