Vic Stallard is an adventurer.
Stallard is a man who came to the Middle East on one job and stayed the rest of his life. He owns and operates the Sandman, a forty-three foot long charter fishing boat with all the amenities, perfect for high-rollers wanting to catch a big one. He also owns smaller vessels for the less legal part of his income.
He is a tall, muscular man with a “deeply lined, deeply tanned, craggy face” with “close-cropped, gray-peppered black hair, and the pale blue eyes ever ready to go hard as nails on you if you displeased him.”
While he is a hard-drinking and hard-loving man in the region, operating out of Manama, Bahrain, he is well thought of by those who know him, considered to be a man of action but with a strong sense of right and wrong. He resents being played for a fool and will not shirk from striking back at an attacker. He is a good man to have as a friend and an even better one to have in a fight.
His purpose in the Middle East is just to earn a living in a land that is alien to him even as it has become his home. He knows it and its people as few from the West do and he understands it, making it easier for him to survive. Survival is not always a certainty for adventurers like Stallard as he gets interested in many money-making ventures, many of which take him up against the powers that be.
Taking part in some of Stallard's adventures is the lovely Cynthia Godwin, a reporter for a major British newspaper, who finds herself in the Middle East tackling assignments that first put her against and then depending on and finally enjoying the company of Stallard.