Annie Lucas was just four when her father was lost at sea. John Lucas was captain of the Atlantic Queen, the pride of the Easterman Company's shipping line. His dream had always been much less grandiose. To own his own steamer, running cargo and a few passengers to exotic locales. He had been saving to purchase his own ship when the Atlantic Queen sank with all hands.
Annie inherited her father's savings and his dream. In time, she was able to purchase a dilapidated steamer, renaming it the Errant Captain. Annie has assembled a loyal crew, none more than her bosun.
Bosun Philips is in fact none other than Annie's father! He was abducted from the Atlantic Queen as she was scuttled by saboteurs. For months he was tortured and questioned about the Atlantis Imperative, something he knew nothing about. He was eventually able to escape. He was happy to lie low until he learnt that his daughter had followed him into the shipping trade. Fearing that she will be pursued by the same shadowy organisation that abducted him, he joined her crew under an assumed name. Age and the vicissitudes of his ordeal have made him unrecognisable to his daughter, and his anonymity enables him to quietly watch for signs of any trouble.