The Awakening is the first book in the Kai Whittaker series, written by Paul Bite. It was published on September 22nd, 2000.
The story introduces Kai Whittaker, a young pirate under the tutelage of swashbuckler Miles McArthur and his crew. After Kai is the sole survivor after an attack on the crew's ship, he must find work under the authority of Admiral Sebastian Avery. He is tasked with finding the Key of Trok to prove his worth, and uncovers bigger threats on his journey.