A biography of life the hard way, as Gibbs' tells of his scarred childhood, parentless, sent to a reform school, where he never did become adjusted, but where the little kindness he met had a worthwhile result. Bumming on the road and then his discovery of life at sea, when he first worked aboard a freighter, which has held him the rest of his life. Troubles with unions and then contentment with the National Maritine Union. The war and convoy duty, his ship torpedoed, he was rescued, then that ship was torpedoed and he became a prisoner on a German submarine. This experience is only a small part of Gibbs' life, but it is the climax of his career to date, for it was then he realized what his country meant to him and of the job he still could do, after he was landed at Curacao. Hardmuscled, frank, this is very real stuff.