Newlyweds Cedric and Doris Asker sail for New Zealand aboard the Elingamite. But they become separated when the ship sinks near the Three Kings Islands with the loss of many lives. The Askers strive to overcome tragedy, disaster, business failure, and a wrongful murder conviction.
The cruel hand of destiny forces Nigel Rupert Sutherland, who is twenty-seven, to face up to the violence of a world he did not know existed. When he discovers that he has nothing to lose, he decides to right a few wrongs.