"The band played, people said goodbye, and with the whispering notes of 'Auld Lang Syne' choking in the downpour of rain, the little submarine moved through wind-swept Pearl Harbor carrying aboard men to whom she was to be mother and devil . . . Ashore, watching as she disappeared, was the pale young man who could not forget his past, the man who said: 'Fools, they are fools. . .'
Then . . . with cataclysmic abruptness comes the horror of murder . . . Skipper Rex Brandon dead! The pig boat called back, and Sheridan Doome of the Naval Intelligence is summoned to the islands to probe the mystery."