Volume 1 : The King's valets
Earthly, violent and passionate, Mary Read — the legendary pirate — is one of the heroines that Mireille Calmel, since The Eleanor’s Bed and The She-Wolves Ball, excels in recalling.
Dressed up as a boy since her childhood to get educated, Mary keeps her male clothes on when she has to manage on her own after her mother’s death. Fate seems to dog her when the boat in which she has taken refuge is attacked by corsairs. However, her destiny is sealed on that very day.
Seduced by Captain Claude de Forbin, she discovers the joys of sea and love jousts… But being a woman prevents her from staying on board. She carries on her adventures in Saint-Germain-en-Laye King Jack’s Court. Between palace schemes and plots, Mary always keeps her goal in mind, which is to uncover the secret of a pendant she stole from her uncle. This will lead her much further than she could have guessed.