The film begins with Thomas "Boats" Gilhooley ("boats" is a nickname for a boatswain's or bosun's mate) (Lee Marvin), an expatriate United States Navy veteran, working aboard a freighter. When he realizes that the ship is passing by Haleakaloha, French Polynesia, but not actually calling there as he had been promised, he jumps ship to swim to the island.
|author||Edmund Beloin Frank S. Nugent James A. Michener James Edward Grant|
|keywords||boat boston church destroyer dive expatriate extended family family company father and daughter first time fishing trip gendarmerie half-caste hapa inherit late wife maroon marriage plans miami beach morality clause navy veteran pass shipping company sibling slot machine survive swim think united states navy violate wedding present world war ii|
|musicBy||Cyril J. Mockridge|
|productionCompany||John Ford Productions|
|recordedAt||Kauai Paramount Stage 1|