The year is 1894, and aboard the S.S. China Billy Battles meets a mysterious, dazzling, and possibly dangerous German Baroness, locks horns with malevolent agents of the German government, and battles ferocious Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea. Later, he’s inadvertently embroiled in the bloody anti-French insurgency in Indochina – which quite possibly makes him the first American combatant in a country that eventually will become Vietnam. But Billy's troubles are just beginning. As the 19th century ends and the 20th century begins, he finds himself entangled with political opportunists, spies, revolutionaries and an assortment of malevolent and dubious characters of both sexes. How will Billy handle those people and the challenges they present?
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