In the fall of 1926, a crime wave in Marshall's Bayou sparks talk of pirate ghosts. Police Chief Dassas Cormier knows the thieves are flesh and blood, but he isn't too worried until one of Marshall's Bayou's residents is found dead in his own home. Surprisingly, the thieves are indeed pirates--more or less--and they manage to capture Dassas. The leader of the band, Sid, carries a knife she doesn't hesitate use. Can Dassas survive captivity while piecing together the murder? And can he manage not to fall for the pack of vagabonds with hard-luck stories?