Anne Bonny and Mary Read were two women pirates living in the Caribbean Sea during the 18ht Century. Dressed as a man since childhood, Mary/Willy Read met Anne Bonny on "Calico Jack" Rackham's boat. Rackham enlisted Mary Read, believing to deal with a man. Intrigued by the friendship that binded her to his partner Anne Bonny, he will only finds out only later that she is a woman. Mary will then stop making herself call Willy, and the two women will remain inseparable and live as a couple, indifferently dressed man or woman.
In October 1720, the troops of Captain Barnet, sent by the governor of Jamaica, capture Rackham and his crew (including Mary Read and Anne Bonny). Mary and Anne are particularly disgusted to see the pirates showing very little resistance (some accounts report that most of them were drunk). They will kill two and injure many of them (including Rackham). It will take more than an hour of fighting before the two women surrender, facing alone Barnet's troops.