OK, how does this sound? John always longed for adventure. That’s why he ran away from his grand but dull home to savor life on the open sea in the first place. But alas he ended up on The Amethyst, the worst pirate ship in the Caribbean. Now he’s a common cabin boy to the bumbling Captain 'Plumboots’ Damson. When a pub landlady (and amateur psychic) foresees him leading the crew to the Lost Treasure of Captain Kidd, John is convinced it must be true. At last he can ditch those chores that are beneath him – like shining his captain’s many boots – and take command. But when his reckless actions jeopardize the ship, John questions his new status. He begins to suspect that Elizabeth, the independent young stowaway, might be the real key to Kidd’s treasure. A stowaway whose existence he vowed never to reveal. The Amethyst is not the only pirate ship in search of the legendary riches, however. The ruthless Captain Whitestripe of The Crimson Wake has his own reasons to hate Kidd and plunder the prize. Bedeviled by ghosts and fueled by revenge, Whitestripe is happy to sacrifice anything and anyone to claim what he considers is rightfully his - including the lives of a conflicted cabin boy and his only friend. It will take a shipload of skill, cunning and belief in one another for John to lead The Amethyst’s shoddy crew to victory, and for him to discover that not all treasure comes buried in a chest. ‘The Blood of the Cutlass’ is an upper middle-grade novel complete at 55k words. It’s a humorous historical adventure featuring characters from real life and legend. While 'The Blood of the Cutlass’ can stand alone as a novel, it is the first in a planned series.