. . . sinks to the floor of the ocean two ways; through disaster at sea or by deliberate concealment. And in tracing the events which have deposited outstanding troves in their sandy graves, the author tracks a brilliant course in the wake of daredevils, conquistadors, scalawags and scavengers who have dropped doubloons and ducats into watery hiding. She leads us to Pizarro, De Soto, and Cortez, squeezing treasure such as Europe had never seen from Mexico and South America. The looting yielded riches and more riches. But in 1643 a hurricane sunk the Silver Fleet en route from the New World. And the man who raised some of the plunder was made High Sheriff of Massachusetts for his trouble. With a well padded passenger list and two million pounds on board, the good ship Grosvenor stove in her how on concealed rocks off the coast of South Africa in 1782. The treasure lies there still. And the light skinned natives there attest that two white women were taken forcibly as wives by the native chiefs. The seven and a half million dollars dropped into Manila Bay to thwart Japanese invaders in World War II tempts salvagers still. The men who have dredged the oceans depths to raise these and other caches have been adventurers, millionaires, royalty, thieves and scientists. Turbulent reporting on a daring game of hide and seek.