In 1833 a young man on the run from his overbearing father ends up as the ship’s doctor on a US navy ship. Hiram Carver is a witty, cynical observer of his shipmates, but he falls under the spell of a charismatic lieutenant, William Borden. Years later Borden washes up at the mental hospital where Carver is working as a psychiatrist. What is the terrible secret at the root of Borden’s madness, and can it be cured? This is a dark, intelligent treat.