The story of old Cappy Ricks and of Matt Peasley, the boy he tried to break because he knew the acid test was good for his soul.
natured, immature boy, proclaiming him exactly what he knew his men called him--a big, over-grown kid. He hated himself for his glorious youth.
"You're pretty much of a child to have an unlimited ticket, my son," the supervising inspector informed him. "However, you've had the experience and your record is far above the average, so we're going to issue the license; but if you'll take a bit of advice from an old sailor you'll be content to go as second mate for a year or two more, until your jowls blacken up a bit and you get a trifle thicker in the middle."
With the impudence and irreverence of his tender years, however, Matt Peasley scorned this well-meant advice, notwithstanding the fact that he knew it to be sound, for by shipping as second mate and remaining in the same ship, sooner or later his chance would come. The first mate would quit, or be promoted or drowned, or get drunk; and then his shoes would be waiting for Matt tried and true, and the holder of a first mate's ticket.
Young sailor Matt Peasley drops into the life of millionaire shipping magnate Cappy Ricks. Matt quickly rises to the position of captain of one of Cappy's finest ships before the owner ever meets him and discovers that he's barely 23. Matt is an extremely fast learner and has a natural businesss sense about him. Cappy takes a liking to the boy, but is determined to teach him a few lessons to give him his "cumuppance." These "lessons" give rise to hilarious situations in which Matt always gets the upper hand. A great fun book and fast read.