Episode 4: The Empire Strikes Back
‘Black Sam' Bellamy has captured the treasure ladened British slave ship, the Whydah. But his piracy forces the British to take decisive action. The now rich Bellamy heads to Cape Cod to be reunited with his lover MARY HALLETT, but is drowned in a storm. Disturbed by the loss of his friend, Edward Thatch creates a new hideous persona: BLACKBEARD. Back in London, pirate hunter Woodes Rogers reveals his radical plan. He will offer all pirates a pardon, as long as, in return, they hunt down pirates who refuse to sign. Who will take freedom, or face the hangman's noose?