Ishmael has had a bad week. His mother has died and the company planet she worked for has served him an eviction notice. Now he has to find a job or be deported. When the company tells him that there are no jobs available, Ishmael does the only thing he can think of… He signs onto an interstellar freighter doing whatever grunt work he can get. Nathan Lowell weaves an engaging coming of age tale set in the far future, as a host of engaging characters teach Ishmael what it means to be a sailor in the 25th century.