1600s – Caribbean
At the conclusion of a seminar on, “Trances and Visions: Exploring the Out-of-Body Experience,” the wealthy daughter of a prominent physician approaches Ricky with an offer. “If my father could fix things so your mother would receive the best cancer treatment for free, would you go back in time to clear my ancestor’s good name?”
Ricky explains that he can’t simply will himself to have an episode and take a time-travel trip. “Absence seizures don’t work that way. Even if I could go back, I can’t control when and where I end up.” But Ricky also knows there have been instances where someone claimed they slipped into a trance and saw past and future events. John, the Apostle of Christ. Saul/Paul, also an Apostle of Christ. Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter-day Saints. Black American slave Nat Turner who led the only effective, sustained slave rebellion. “They saw things, yes,” Ricky says to the rich girl, “but didn’t change what happened in the past.”
Then, for the third time since last Christmas, Ricky experiences a short period of “blanking out,” of staring into and sailing through space and time. Moments later Ricky finds himself in pirate land with Stede Bonnet, a rich sugar plantation owner who thought becoming a pirate might be a fun way to live out the rest of his life. And for Bonnet it was a Yabba Dabba Doo good time right up until the moment Ricky stepped aboard the Revenge. Set sail from Barbados with Bonnet’s crew as they slant west towards the North American coast, and run afoul of the British Royal Navy, the good citizens of Charleston, and Blackbeard the pirate. Will Ricky swing by the neck or die on the deck?