This is a fast moving adventure story of a British youth, Bill McCann, born in India who joins the Royal Indian Navy in the forties. He was involved in the Royal Indian Naval Mutiny of 1946 and describes a hurricane in which his ship was almost lost. He recalls his involvement in the passion of the romances while ashore.
He goes on to explain where he was and what he was doing at the time of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. He tells of his experience of a number of post war cruises. He describes his involvement of the romances while ashore. He witnesses and tells of the partition of the Royal Indian Navy into separate navies for two independent countries.
He has love affairs with women in most ports but his main ambition is to leave the harsh discipline of the naval life behind him. After seven years in the navy he fulfills his ambition and joins a passenger ship where his exploits with women passengers and stewardesses all but kill him.
He signs off the ship and returns to England contemplating a monk like existence only to discover that he cannot hide from the temptations of the flesh that surrounds him. He now comes to the conclusion that the escapades in his life are too much for him.
After much thought he develops quite a successful plan on how to combat the situation. The plan eventually changes his whole way of life thereby allowing him to live a normal life.