A young Scottish boy and his family try to escape the famine in late 17th century by getting aboard a ship bound for the New World. Near Jamaica their ship is attacked by ruthless pirates. The boy, Christopher Raven, is the sole survivor. Christopher lost his left hand then, but years later the road to vengeance might see him lose his soul too. The game begins when Christopher embarks on a journey to track down and kill the people responsible for murdering his family.
There is no specific year or date for the events. Real world historical events and persons are woven into the story to mix fact with fiction. The story is divided into chapters and in these chapters, Christopher is tracking down a particular pirate known as Neville Scranton who he blames the leading the assault, as well as all former pirates who took part in the massacre of the only people he has ever loved.