As a World War II U.S. Navy radioman and veteran, the author studied maritime radio theory and operation further under the G.I. Bill. Thereafter, as Merchant Marine radio officer he shipped out for 43 years and sailed to more than 100 countries and places on these voyages, every one of which was more adventurous than the previous one.
This novel explores the interactions of rich and poor multi-ethnic families in a tight-knit neighborhood of 1930s Brooklyn. It is dominated by the affair of a beautiful, lustful widow and a Roman, Antinous-like godly boy that inevitably leads to tragedy. Comingled in this web of eroticism are other forbidden desires that dare not surface, but do so with the same inexorable fatal finale.
Nazi U-boats in a feeding frenzy are sinking dozens of ships along the US East Coast and out to sea. On his second convoy run to England from New York, young Ken Mason and his shipmates must now face the U-boat menace in the North Atlantic for the second time. His ship, damaged in a storm, however, has turned around steaming for Nova Scotia and repairs. She is alone on the dangerous high seas.
Against the background of the Occupation, a tragic love story unfolds that centers on an adventurous American merchant seaman and the surviving daughter of a Japanese military family whose father and sons, killed in sea battles during World War II, studies under her Zen master in an attempt to gain peace of mind.