Lieutenant Commander Widmark had truly earned his nickname "The Butcher" in Mediterranean waters. In his view, war was a rough and bloody business in which those who stopped at nothing would be victorious. This is the exciting story of Widmark's greatest adventure. Widmark plans to seize and sail the 8,000 tonne German vessel, Hagenfels, from the neutral East African port of Lourenco Marques. All these events, and the fantastic developments thereafter, are brought to life by the author's knowledge of sea-going and the power of narrative that brought him worldwide success.