Hanzel Sventska runs away from an abusive home at age twelve. Eventually he goes to sea and over time becomes a successful pirate. Life as a pirate is good for Hanzel, so he never wants it to end. When he sells his soul to the Devil, in order to prolong his piratical adventures, everything changes for Hanzel. He learns that there is a terrible price to pay when one makes a contract with the Queen of Liars.