Fifty years at sea certainly qualify Captain Grant to write a modern tale of his natural habitat with accurate description of life and responsibilities aboard ship, if slightly far-fetched ones of human situations. Young Peter, a farm boy from New Hampshire, fulfills a dream when his parents and teacher give him permission to sail to the Gulf Stream from Boston aboard the freighter San Andres under the supervision of Captain Malant. His adventures include a raging storm, the capture of a stowaway and the apprehension of a thief among the crew. A non-swimmer, Peter's most harrowing adventure occurs in the sea itself when after falling overboard, he treads water naturally and grapples with his fear until his safe rescue by Captain Malant. Unrealistic but palatable reading.