Marcel Gordon, a young man ambitious to become a marine officer, successfully passes his examinations and receives his first commission. His friend, Gaston Prevost, who has long been suspected of defrauding his employers, gets into financial difficulties and asks Marcel's aid. Marcel, in trying to assist his friend, is accused of being Gaston's accomplice and arrested, but is finally discharged from custody for lack of evidence against him. His father, however, refuses to allow him to remain at home until he has proven his innocence. Marcel obtains a position as helmsman on a hospital ship where he later meets Inez, the captain's daughter. Arriving on beard, Marcel learns that there are a number of lunatics on the ship, and, entering the iron cage in which they are confined, to help one of the madmen out of some difficulties, he is accidentally locked therein. The captain, not knowing that Marcel is on board, decides to sail without him. The crew become discontented on account of the ...
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