A segment of the play "Hempton Halter". The play is about a ship run by pirates in 1807 who are struggling to evade the Navy. The story focuses on the people captured to serve the criminals and how they deal with the loss of freedom. In this scene, protagonist James Coleman is adjusting to his first day as a slave on a pirate ship. He has just lost his father to the raid that has now cost him his freedom. In despair, he plans to jump overboard when he is stopped by the ship's most eccentric slave Ruth.