A dinghy waits at the makeshift jetty, manned by two sailors. One helps you clamber aboard as the other, the pilot, stares out to sea.

Jetty at night
Jetty at night

The dinghy sets off and you watch the pilot pick a course through jutting rocks. As you leave the cove, the wind becomes stronger, the sea rougher. A motor torpedo boat waits in open water, and you reach it quickly and climb aboard. For brief moments, you look towards the mainland. There are no lights along the Bay of Gaeta but you see a dark outline. The boat, you know, is sailing north.