Larny has spent all of her twelve years aboard her mother’s pirate ship. She can climb a rope, sing a shanty, and a wield a dagger as well as anybody. Better yet, she’s finally signed the ship’s codes, meaning she’s now an official member of the crew. Things are almost perfect, until the pirates run afoul of the navy.
Their ship is seized, the crew barely escapes, and Larny and her mother find themselves in the custody of the navy admiral. He’s a strict, no-nonsense, man of the law, and also Larny’s grandfather. After her mother is sentenced to await judgement in the king’s dungeons, Larny is entrusted into the admiral’s care. He wants to turn her into a proper lady (like he failed to do with her mother), but a rescue mission is the only thing on Larny’s mind.
At least, until she realizes the easiest way to get close to the dungeons is by attending a castle ball. If she’s going to do that she’ll have to become exactly what her grandfather wants. She’ll need to study etiquette, learn to speak properly, practice dancing and stop threatening to stab people. Her mother’s life is on the line, but nothing that made Larny a good pirate has prepared her for any of this.