While Sarah prepares to present a lecture at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, she falls asleep and dreams about a conspiracy to commit a mutiny at sea aboard USS Somers, a brig of war, a sailing vessel, in 1842. The Commanding Officer of the real USS Somers was Cdr. Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, whose surname was nearly identical to Sarah's. The regular cast portray the people involved in Sarah's dream. Trevor Goddard plays the role of Cdr. Mackenzie, and Catherine Bell plays Mrs. Mackenzie. Here, as in truth, Midshipman Philip Spencer, the leader among the mutineers, is the son of John Canfield Spencer, the Secretary of War under President John Tyler. [In 1845 George Bancroft, the Secretary of the Navy, in a response to the Somers Affair, ordered the founding of the US Naval Academy.] Both Harm and Sarah continue to show uncertainty about the future. Written by
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The Somers Affair was a real 1842 incident. The dream sequences featuring the case are relatively faithful to the historical record. See more