In 1805, within the war-ravaged Mediterranean, Henry Doyle, a soldier of fortune−and expert killer−arrives at a squalid tavern within the roughest component to Malta for a gathering with a guy he may still hate.
His appointment: William Eaton, an American military officer, Indian fighter, and undercover agent for Thomas Jefferson. Eaton is plotting a bold enterprise: the invasion of Tripoli to free up 300 americans held hostage through the Pasha of Tripoli, position a pro-American ruler on Tripoli’s throne, and produce freedom to a Muslim state that has recognized purely tyranny.
Eaton has cash to spend–for a scout to guide his rag tag invading military of Arabs, ecu mercenaries, and 7 US Marines throughout miles of cruel wasteland to assault an Arab military ten occasions their measurement.
Doyle used to be raised by way of the Mohawk Indians within the 1770’s, so his stories of the destruction of his humans by way of the yank military throughout the Revolution are nonetheless painful after twenty-five years–and sour. He comes to a decision to assist the americans for his personal purposes.
Eaton’s project throws jointly not likely allies: Doyle and the half-brother he by no means knew he had, Peter Kirkpatrick, the younger, brashly convinced captain of the USS Eagle.
Like the rustic he serves, Peter Kirkpatrick is pushed by means of the necessity to show the facility of America’s beliefs the one method he is aware: victory over America’s enemies. At sea, the victories come simply. He leads the staff of the USS Eagle in send opposed to send battles within which American ability and braveness are invincible. but if he joins basic William Eaton within the invasion of Tripoli, he's plunged into an strange, unforgiving global that would try out him and attempt America’s personality as a kingdom to the verge of collapse.
For Doyle, the query turns into: do I aid my brother−or allow him die?
Fans of old novels will love the tension-filled trip into 3 mysterious, treacherous expanses: the Mediterranean Sea, the both colossal Sahara wasteland, and the traditional, corrupt towns of Egypt−all able to swallowing up dreams−and lives.