Michael’s contribution to the Revolution is repaid by the Continental Congress, and he is awarded a Frigate and Letters of Marque. He sails to the Caribbean as a Privateer and allies himself with the French and Spanish Admirals fighting the British. The war in the Caribbean is brutal and after bloody encounters, Michael and his crew turn to counterfeiting British tax stamps.
With the war ended, Michael returns to Chestnut Neck and the adulation of a grateful notion. But his battles are not over. As the American Confederation fails, a Constitutional Convention is called to formulate a new government. In the salons and taverns of Philadelphia, Michael plays a small, quiet role in guiding the new nation.