The story reads comfortably at first with interesting, detailed, descriptions of ""shrimping"" a livelihood free the sea. In fact, the beginning the story smacks bit of Captains Courageous with the spoiled rich boy antagonizing the crew and his contemporary -- Deep Water Boy Larry Lane. However, when the plot starts billowing, everything turns flotsam with cliche. A terrified Mexican boy is pulled out of the water, hurricane warnings are out, a modern day pirate ship (smuggling aliens into the U. S.) turns up with machine guns ablaze -- good ship is captured, bad ship is captured (thanks to Larry and crew who do ""good work""), hurricane hits, good crew is recaptured and vice versa. Adventure that will fail to shanghai the most avid young ea dreamer who was better off with the simple joys of shrimping.