Your name is Jack Nobody. Orphaned at the age of five you now live in the workhouse and survive on meagre wages and rations augmented by petty thieving. Still, it's a little better than climbing up chimneys which you had to do previously until you grew too big for that work. Now at the age of nine what are your prospects? Poverty, disease or prison? Until... Fate decides it is time that somebody had a chance of a better life. Apprehended, in the act of picking a pocket, by a captain in the Royal Navy, Jack is given the choice of being handed over to the Bow Street Runners or enlisting in the Navy. He chooses the latter and so commences a new life surrounded by his new family, his comrades-in-arms. He prospers, but Fate hasn't quite finished with him. She guides him, virtually unscathed, through various enemy actions and then, unbeknown to Jack, reunites him with his former life.