Excursion boating in the Florida waters, a hurricane and smuggling are exciting elements in this story of a courageous and Alger-honest-Seminole Indian boy. Ever since Joe Panther could remember, the thing he wanted as much as an education was to work on one of the beautiful excursion boats which took parties out for deep-sea fishing. Finally, in spite of the urly hatred of the mate Rocky, Joe manages to secure a position on Captain Harper's boat after fighting and killing an eleven foot alligator for the captain's brother. Although belabored by Rocky, Joe, by his hard work and quick thinking which saves a guest from seriously wounding herself on the fish lines, and saving a baby from drowning wins the admiration of the captain. Finally Joe discovers Rocky's illegal activities and after meeting near death in a hurricane gets his reward. An old strain, but plenty of action on sea and in swamps.