I picked this book up as I have a general interest in pirates, and read anything based around this subject. It has an unusual start on the streets of London, but is extremely factual and relevant to the time period in which it is set. Once Jacky has made it onboard, the author relives sea life as would be expected for a cabin boy - but Jacky is a girl - so there are some other female issues to consider. Whilst describing how Jacky copes with life on sea, it also details how she copes with, and hides the fact that she is not like the rest of the crew. A good read. Recommended.