Tom Birch, Boatswain
Tom Birch is the handsome, unassuming boatswain of the pirate ship Riptide. He is described as kind and friendly, with a stature like his namesake, an easy laugh, and saltwater green eyes.
When Merrin joins the Riptide, she can't help but be drawn to Birch, though he is the person from which she struggles most to keep her identity--and sex--hidden as she strives to ignore her developing, and completely unexpected, feelings. When she finds herself doubting everyone else--especially herself--Tom is the one person she'll give everything up to keep safe.
Tom Birch's connection to the Winters and Dunn is unknown, but this doesn't stop Merrin for falling headfirst for the loyal, dependable boatswain. Likewise, whether its by curse or fate, Birch develops feelings for Merrin that even he is powerless to avoid.