Not quite a year after graduating from the Massachusetts Nautical School (MNS) on September 23, 1941, and just ten months into World War II, Capt. George Duffy's good fortune came to an end, when his ship, the American Leader, was sunk by a German commerce raider. George and forty-six of his shipmates were plucked out of the South Atlantic Ocean and taken prisoner. This book relates his two spartan years on the Nantucket [training ship], the next rewarding year on the American Leader, and covers three years as prisoner on two German warships, and in ten Japanese labor camps scattered over the southeast Asian islands of Java, Singapore, and Sumatra. In addition, a parallel tale recounts the life and career of a young German naval officer, Konrad Hoppe, who served on George's nemesis, the Hsk Michael.