During the Napoleonic Wars, the British naval frigate, HMS Surprise pursues the Acheron, a large and powerful French war vessel sailing in South American waters. The Surprise, commanded by Captain Jack Aubrey, is attacked by the Acheron. The ship is badly damaged and many of the crew wounded. Even though the Surprise is outnumbered, outgunned, and their cannons are unable penetrate the French vessel's hull, the captain decides to capture the Acheron at all costs.
Trivia: When Captain Aubrey makes the toast 'To wives and sweethearts - may they never meet' he is following a custom in the Royal Navy called the toast of the day. There was a special toast for every day of the week. This one in particular was usually for Saturdays. There is a minor mistake, however: tradition dictated that the proposer (in this case, the captain) would say the first part 'to wives and sweethearts', to which the most junior officer present would reply 'may they never meet'. Here is the list that seems to be most commonly followed dates from before Trafalgar, courtesy of the Canadian Navy website: Monday - our ships at sea, Tuesday - our men, Wednesday - ourselves, because no one else is likely to both, Thursday - a bloody war or a sickly season (to ensure quicker promotion), Friday - a willing foe and sea room (The two preceding seem to be of historical interest only), Saturday - wives and sweethearts - may they never meet (reply is made by the youngest officer present) Sunday - absent friends.