Picaresque light tale, for men chiefly, of an expedition to the Spanish Main and an attempt to colonise, euphemistically speaking, Venezuela, as told by one of its half hearted participants, Peter Cartier. Peter, thrown out of his job in a shipping firm, decides to take part in a Spanish Colonel's wild scheme to conquer Venezuela for personal profit. Second in command under Miranda is Garcia, whom Peter distrusts and resents on a personal score, because he is engaged to Dona Lucia whom Peter loves. The expedition gets under way -- treason is rife -- Peter and Garcia play both ends against the middle, and finally, Peter wins out and flees with Dona Lucia to Cur. Slight, but good of its kind.