After growing tired of civilization, Basil Merton moves to the island known as Shetland with his young son, Mordaunt. Much more social than his father, Mordaunt is content reaching out to the other few people residing in their community, and grows up alongside the Troil daughters, Brenda and Minna. Peaceful and absent of the typical issues of society, Mordaunt is happy on the island, and content with his friends. But everything changes with the arrival of Captain Cleveland. Shipwrecked with the rest of his crew, Captain Cleveland has no choice but to stay on the island. During his stay, he helps himself to whatever he likes, an attitude shared by his crew. While the pirates disrupt the usually quiet town, Captain Cleveland causes problems even closer to home for Mordaunt. After falling in love with Minna, Captain Cleveland is persistent in his advances, and is misleading about his lifestyle, playing into Minna?s ideas of heroics. Against her father?s and Mordaunt?s advice, Minna reciprocates the captain?s love, but the pirate can only hide the truth for so long. Featuring forbidden love, disturbances, and delightfully odd characters, The Pirate by Sir Walter Scott is an enthralling tale of adventure and romance. Written in an accessible style, The Pirate is a rare and vivid depiction of the culture and landscape of Shetland, including the portrayal of Captain Cleveland and his crew. With thorough description and well-developed characters, Sir Walter Scott shares a valuable and intriguing perspective on 17th century pirates, enlightening modern readers while also thrilling them with the adventurous narrative. This edition of The Pirate by Sir Walter Scott now features an eye-catching new cover design and is printed in a font that is both modern and readable. With these accommodations, this edition of The Pirate crafts an accessible and pleasant reading experience for modern audiences while restoring the original mastery of Sir Walter Scott?s literature.