Fate finally smiles on young Bristol when the vessel is overtaken by pirates and he gladly turns coat and joins them. Yet Tom's new pirate mates desert him quickly after he's found guilty of killing a mutinous pirate and unwittingly harboring a woman on board.
Marooned on a deserted island, Tom has nothing but a small supply of water, a gun, and just enough bullets to kill himself. But Tom dreams up a devious plan that will return him to the high seas and make his past adventures pale in comparison to what he has in store for his many enemies.
This short adventure story from the golden age of fiction is the type of tale for which the phrase "ripping good yarn" was first coined. Performed like a radio play (multiple performers, background sound effects) and reflecting social views far ahead of its time, this story was an absolutely pleasurable way to pass a few hours.