Holly Macgregor is trapped back in 1750s South Carolina, held captive on the island prison of the dread pirate Captain Ambrose Craven. Alone except for fellow captives Lady Isabel, who feels that a lady should always wait to be rescued, Holly makes a desperate plan to escape.
Meanwhile, her brother Noah is making plans of his own, with old friends and new to help him out. Sticky-fingered Rowley the Raccoon is onboard, plus Don Orlando the less-than-brave opossum and a new member of the team: blacksmith Fergus Macgregor. Noah and his friends are on the way to Charles Towne, where they hope to find a boat to take them to the island to rescue Holly.
And what of the brave, if tubby, black Lab Gilbert? He’s disappeared into a painting, on the trail of the treacherous tavern boy Barnabas.
Throw in an ill-tempered metal skull named Mr. Wrycroft, a sneaky ocelot named Ozberto, a helpful spider and a tearful alligator, not to mention the threat of a highwayman called the Grey Ghost, and the mixture could be explosive!