Merrin Smith, Captain's Apprentice
An orphan who calls Isla Perla home, Merrin Smith is determined to find out who she really is, and how she arrived on the island as child. She's a natural loner, friendly only to Claudette, although she feels a strange and powerful attachment to Evangeline Dahl--a woman to which she has never actually spoken. Merrin can't shake the feeling that her fate is deeply tied to that of Evangeline, and when the island's most enigmatic proprietress vanishes without a trace, Merrin defies the rules of piracy and, disguised as a man, joins the crew of the Riptide helmed by ruthless Captain Winters, Evangeline's rumored lover.
Merrin's true identity, the true nature of her relationship with Claudette, her attraction to Tom Birch, and her connection to Evangeline are unknown--but this headstrong and determined protagonist is not to be underestimated.