Hornblower escapes back to England, where he finds that the government has plans for the mysterious couple.
In 1803 Horatio Hornblower captains a ship on a mission to discover Napoleon's war plans.
At the Court Martial of Hornblower and the other lieutenants, testimony of prior events is heard.
Sawyer attempts to have Hornblower and the other lieutenants arrested, but he is injured in a scuffle, leaving Bucklands in charge.
Hornblower is sent to aid a coup against the French Republican Government.
Hornblower has a Duchess and secret documents entrusted to him, but gets captured by the Spanish.
17-year-old Horatio Hornblower begins his career in His Majesty's Navy, where he encounters a brutal tormentor.