A strange, brutal and somewhat unpleasant story, melodramatic, this tough picture of the lives of sponge divers working off the coast of Florida. The time is the end of the second world war, and the story is told by Aleko, whose younger brother, Paul, has returned from the war acting strangely and refusing to confide in anyone. Aleko, who watches over him like a mother hen, tries to forget his worry in work, and forces his men to stay out longer than they should, with the resultant death of one of them. Aleko thinks himself infallible and tries to solve the lives of others for them, even to insisting on Paul and Ebee, daughter of his ship's captain, loving each other. Actually it is Aleko Ebee loves, and he her. Aleko discovers Paul is taking dope and almost kills him, until he finds that Paul is threatened with loss of sight, and the drug is prescribed by his doctor. Then Aleko, finding that Paul is in love with someone else, and recognizing his own love for Ebee, is overwhelmed with remorse. The setting and subject matter is unusual- but the story is unsavory reading.