Matt Zeigler tells a part-true sci-fi tale of his voluntary abduction into the U.S. Marine Corps. More than any organization on Earth, U.S. Marines are alien in both thoughts and actions. Zeigler recounts in vivid details how he was transformed from a high school jock into a trained killer. Part I delves into the author's mental/physical torture by his Drill Instructors at Parris Island.
In 1906, a battleship of Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet is detached to Midway Island to investigate the loss of cable traffic from the Philippines. Half-expecting to find the island under attack by the Japanese, they instead find a detachment of Marines besieged by three enormous prehistoric serpents.