The Thunderbolt, this is the name of the Black Corsair's glorious craft. It is night and the vessel is sailing with all its lights off in the waters of the Maracaibo’s harbour. Two men exhausted by the strain, their clothes in tatters, are getting close to the Thunderbolt in a lifeboat. The two men, Carmaux and Van Stiller, are buccaneers that managed to escape death by hanging to which they had been sentenced by the Governor of Maracaibo, Van Gould. The two survivors, were part of the crew on the ship of the Red Corsair, the brother of the commander of the Thunderbolt. The Red Corsair is now dangling from the gallows together with his faithful friends, in the main square of the city and is supposed to remain there for at least three days, exposed to the view and the scorn of the whole town. قصة رائعة للأطفال.