A fevered, cosmic journey, interpreting the areas of insecurity, of the questing, of Eric Clark, who leaves his job in OWI to join the Merchant Marine as 3rd radio officer, to find the answer to his questions. Aboard the Liberty Ship, S.S. William Benson, he finds the same conflux of dream and reality among his fellow officers, among the men he gets to know from day to day, in all their little problems, fears, hopes, and despair. They are forced to drop behind the convoy for repairs -- a sitting duck for submarines which never come -- they pass the Rock and have their first air attack in the Mediterranean, they sample the towns in Sicily, Italy, Algeria and learn the death in life surviving there -- and Eric, though he comes to no conclusion, recognizes the beginnings of wisdom within himself, in his love for his wife Jane. Their last assignment is to be a decoy for German hideouts to strike at and their success in drawing fire dooms the ship. An agonizing odyzzey, in sensitive perception, whose characters have an inner as well as an outer reality, and make for a drama of self within the drama of war.