It's the dawn before the first naval battle in the American Revolutionary War. Aboard the Enterprise the crew are preparing for a battle that will show the British that the US is a force to be reckoned with.
If this wasn't supposed to be a Start Trek story, I'd likely rate this one higher. All in all it was a decent historical fiction short.
The first few pages of repeated ship lingo nearly made me stop reading, but I'm glad I didn't.