This book is the story of Robert Rushton. His father, a sea captain, has been disappeared since he went on a voyage two years earlier. He has problems of his own as a young teenager. The son of the superintendent where he works is jealous of him and tries to lord his superiority over him. Young Robert who seems doomed to a life of poverty never gives up hope and his honesty and bravery are rewarded as he goes along. I definitely recommend this to young boys who will see that honesty and bravery indeed have some rewards. While it may seem a little far-fetched to adult readers, it is very entertaining and is a light breezy read that will leave you feeling better than you had before you picked it up. Most of Alerger's work is directed at young men; this work is highly reccomended for all.