The closeknit fraternity of the foc'sle, where all men are brothers, arrayed against the spite and mandates of a bitter captain, as the Liquid Wealth makes her run from Texas up the coast in 1942. Captain Bohn, with the war as an excuse, confiscates flashlights, knives, permits less and less light, and as fears spread with rumors of torpedoings, makes the men more and more apprehensive of their safety with their cargo of dangerous low flash point oil. Bohn's adversary is Blackie, solidly entrenched as a champion of seamen's rights, who tries to stay Bohn's mounting intimidation, but is given a knockout blow. However, with their own boat hit, and the oil flaming, it is Blackie at the wheel who manoeuvres the ship so that all may be saved -- except himself. The clash of good and evil, where actions are more powerful than words, makes a sea story in good maritime reportage.