Our story begins in Egypt, 1636, when a wanderer who calls himself Jack Pack, stumbles across a Cambion demon named Thooranu, who has set up camp after hunting for jackals in the Blue Desert. The demon and wanderer chat throughout the night and Jack Pack earns the demon’s friendship. Some years pass and Jack Pack proposes for he and Thooranu go into business together. He presents a contract to the demon to sign, but when Thooranu fills in his name, something goes very wrong. What happens is the start of the beginning of everything . . .
England, 1843, Lord Tarquin Norwich visits an enchantress named Freya Bates who also calls herself Mother of Craft, to ask if she will locate the Toymaker, Indigo Peachtree and his journal. She claims she cannot find him, but knows of two others who can. Outlaw brothers, Joaquin and Pierce Landcross. She tells him where they’ll be and when, and instructs Tarquin to use all his children to capture them.
Tarquin does as Freya advises and leaves north to Bristol with his oldest son, Ivor, to seize Joaquin and sends his youngest boy, Archie, and daughter, Clover to Le Havre, France to snare Pierce.
They achieve in doing so, however, on their return trip across the English Channel, Pierce is rescued by Chief Sea Wind, commander of the legendary Sea Warriors. Instead of fleeing with his mates on board their ship, the Ekta, Pierce strikes a deal with Archie to help locate Indigo in exchange for the journal.
And so, the adventure begins!
Pierce Landcross has been arrested by the royal guards and is being taken back to London to face trial. On the way, Lieutenant Darius Javan informs Pierce his parents, Nona and Jasper, are imprisoned at Newgate Prison. That evening, the soldiers make camp, and in the dead of night, they’re attacked by a supernatural assailant who frees Pierce. The outlaw thief heads for London where he’s reunited with Archie and Clover. With the help of Clover and an old friend from his days as a smuggler, Juan Fan, Pierce crafts out a plan and goes in to save his folks.
Locked away with his parents is a beautiful young Russian woman named Taisia Kuzentsov. After hitting a snag, Pierce barely succeeds in getting everyone out. They regroup at Fan’s opium den where Nona and Jasper tell Pierce they had come to London to see a lawyer about an inheritance left to them. Pierce goes to the lawyer, Christopher Ainsworth, and finds out that in order to gain the loot, Pierce has to follow a series of clues through the Netherlands to its location. While his parents leave for New Forest to stay with Indigo Peachtree, Pierce and Taisia set off on their mission.
Meanwhile, the greedy lawyer sends a dangerous bounty hunter, Rupert Swansea, out to tail Pierce in order to lead them to the wealth. The bounty hunter soon discovers he’s actually following none other than Britain’s most wanted thief! He then makes plans of his own.
With every clue found, Pierce and Taisia uncover secrets about Pierce’s family and come to realize there is more to the inheritance than they ever thought.
Pierce’s estranged older brother, Joaquin Landcross, finds his way back to the family. He’s very sick and is dying of a mysterious illness. After doing some investigating, they learn the virus is no ordinary disease and to save him they must travel to Edinburgh, Scotland and locate a hustler named Faolan Shea who will lead them to a demon. Pierce, Taisia and Joaquin head north, eventually finding the hustler in the underground section of the city called Mary King’s Close.
Faolan takes them to the demon’s owner. A hitch in their plan occurs when the demon’s master turns out to be Coira MaCcrum, Edinburgh’s illegal whisky brewer and old enemy of Pierce’s. While Pierce does his best to stay out of sight, Joaquin and Taisia approach Coira and request to see her enslaved demon. She agrees, but only if they retrieve her stolen canister from the infamous Hellfire Club. The group has little choice, to save Joaquin they must accept the mission.
With time running out, everyone does what they can quickly before the illness takes Joaquin. Soon he is faced with a decision to become healed, but only if he pays a hefty price that involves the life of his younger brother.
After weeks at sea, the Ekta, drops anchor near the Apache village in Sonora, Mexico. Chief Sea Wind introduces Pierce and his family to the tribe. At the city of Guaymas, an annual Industrial race catches Pierce’s interests. He also meets a gorgeous gear head named Emma Rojas, and an Australasian snake-oil traveling salesman, Jaxton Beau.
A living character from the Old Testament named Gog, wanders the universe with his nomadic tribe of Goth ghosts. After centuries of roaming, he yearns for something new and when he spots Taisia at a festival, he instantly knows what he wants—a mate. To have her, though, he must first get rid of her husband.
While at the races, Pierce gets into trouble when Gog causes a massive accident and has Pierce take the fall. The crowd demands satisfaction from Sheriff Emmanuel Flores, who is tempted to allow Pierce to be lynched when Jaxton comes to his rescue. He lies to the sheriff about Pierce being a bounty hunter and suggests that he hunts down the four bandits who have robbed a bank the day before. Sheriff Flores agrees and in exchange, Pierce can pay off his debt for the damages done. If he fails, however, the consequences will be dire, not only for Pierce but for the Apache tribe who the sheriff despises. With the help of Emma and Jaxton, they begin hunting the bandits down. During this time, Gog tries to woo Taisia.
Pierce and Taisia’s love is put to the ultimate test and all the while Pierce tries desperately to set things right before he loses everything.
The Forgotten Story
Britain’s infamous ex-thief is living a stabled life on the island of Maui with his family. The years of bliss come to an end when a series of violent and extremely graphic visions about the Sea Warriors and his old mate, Robert Blackbird, are sent to him by Freya Bates who wants to lure Pierce back to England.
If he doesn’t leave his home, his friends will die, and so he travels to New Orleans where the Sea Warriors are jailed.
He manages a jailbreak and gets the crew to the Ekta where they sail off to France. Pierce sets off to save Robert from being gunned down by bounty hunters. Robert is getting ready to flee to London where his wife, Penelope, and his children are.
With Robert safe, Pierce returns to the Sea Warriors only to find out that the Ekta has sustained thousands in damages during the voyage across the Atlantic. Pierce remembers that Joaquin had once told him about eight thousand pounds he buried at the Major Oak Tree in Sherwood Forest some years back. Pierce leaves for England and takes a steam locomotive north.
While on this errand, there’s an accident involving explosives, and a botched train robbery. Pierce is pegged as the ringleader of the gang reasonable, and overnight he’s put back on England’s most wanted list!
As Pierce tries to escape out of the country and go back to France where the Sea Warriors wait for him, his most feared enemy, Volker Jäger, has resurfaced and is looking for revenge.
Pierce travels with gypsies to London in an attempt to sail out of England on a private boat owned by someone special from his past, Frederica Katz. When he arrives in London, he hunts down Robert Blackbird. Pierce’s hopes of fleeing are dashed when Robert informs him the Queen has ordered her naval fleet to search every vessel leaving England for him. Pierce’s only way out has been cut off.
Robert and Penelope decide to harbor Pierce until things die down enough for him to try for an escape. One night, Robert and Penelope leave to see a play. Pierce believes things will be all right until Freya pays him a visit. She claims that his friends will die if he doesn’t go to them. Pierce understands it’s a trap, but he has little choice. He goes to the theater where Volker is there in the audience. He has his men with him and sends them off to assassinate Queen Victoria who is also there enjoying the play. Pierce is drawn out, putting himself in the forefront of danger.
With the walls closing in, his chances of returning home to his family, waiting for him on the other side of the globe, narrows greatly.