Pirate stories are stories of alienation and rebellion - about people unwelcome onshore,who leave the stifling surveillance of civilization to find the desperate camaraderie of fellow outsiders.
Gwen, fourteen years old and grounded, loves these stories. So does her fierce new best friend, bored and restless, and a young boy, lured onto a stolen boat. So does a new immigrant, belittled at work and haunted by a violent past. And so does Gwen's father, anxious and hapless, rapacious and entitled, trying to carve out an outlaw space of his own.