Essentially a man's story, this of Sweeney who has high hopes to go a long way on the straight and narrow path, but whose shore leave in a South American town where his ship is unloading and loading, is the ruin of those hopes. The story of a gigantic bender, of his nemesis in the form of silent Marie, of his marriage and the subsequent fiasco, all prove to him the impossibility of his achieving the goal he had set. Semi-tragic drunken escapades, a tour of the waterfront in all its sordidness, told with a warm human touch. A rowdy, bawdy tale, with gusto and humor. There'll be many who wont like it -- and many who will. Hard-boiled and not for the conservatives.