It's 1821, and pirate legend Jose' Gasparilla and his crew are about to split their treasure and retire. One more prize on the horizon lures the crew to back to action, but they fall into a trap set by the fledgling US Navy. A new leader rises from the defeat and with the few remaining men and the treasure, they make a run for it.
The Zulu are one of the most famous ethnic groups in Africa and possibly one of the most misunderstood. Of course that was due almost entirely to the fact that European colonial powers encountered the powerful group in the 19th century and found that they were more than willing to resist and fight them. At the height of its power in the southern part of Africa, the Zulu could rely on an army of 40,000 warriors, presenting a formidable obstacle to the designs of the British.
Precocious Benjamin is sent by his dysfunctional suburban parents to spend a summer with his eccentric aunt and her unconventional clan in a remote Appalachian cove. Near his sojourn's end, the boy wanders alone through the mountains to the Laurel, a land apart from his world and out of time. Along the way, he meets strange and powerful creatures, wise and fierce women and formidable men who help or hinder him on his journey.
When romance author Elliot Jentry's husband is killed in the line of duty, Elliot decides to leave the painful memories behind and move to Louisiana with her two children. She purchases a derelict plantation home in the hopes of starting a new life. The old home, originally named Sophie but now known as Purgatory, was owned by the family of pirate Louis-Michel Aury for 200 years. The old house, built with the blood money of pirates, is full of legends and ghosts, as Elliot quickly discovers.