Having just escaped the King’s justice, notorious pirate Peter Easton arrives in St. John’s harbour with ten well-armed ships. Knowing he is too powerful to be refused, Easton confidently invites the King’s loyal fishing admiral, Richard Whitbourne, and his second-in-command, Captain Dawson, aboard his flagship The Happy Adventure. Insisting Whitbourne and Dawson are guests and not prisoners, Easton takes them by surprise, pulling anchor and setting sail with half his flotilla for the Caribbean.
Easton takes place in Newfoundland, the Caribbean and England. The story reflects a time when Newfoundland was crucial to trade and power, and when there was a very thin line between loyalty and piracy—a line that could be crossed in either direction in the blink of an eye.
Paul Butler is the author of the novel, Stoker’s Shadow, Flanker Press (2003) described by the Globe and Mail: "...Butler’s prose style is often lush – he describes post-Victorian London quite eloquently..." and The Surrogate Spirit, Jesperson Publishing (2000). Butler has written for many publications in Canada and including The Beaver, Saltscapes and Canadian Geographic. He has a regular film column with The Social Edge e-zine and has contributed to CBC Radio regional and national. He is a graduate of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre in Toronto and is presently developing a number of projects in film and TV ranging from documentary to feature film. He lives in St. John’s with his wife, Maura Hanrahan.