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When he graduates from the Academy at Port Newmar, Ishmael Horatio Wang reports for duty in his first assignment as an officer. When he gets to his new ship, he finds things are not exactly the way he'd learned in school. The coffee tastes like used engine oil, the ship has no heart, and the nearest decent tailor is two quadrants away. What's a new Third Mate to do? Will he be able to trust Billy?

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  • Ishmael Wang graduates from the Academy and heads out for the Diurnia Quadrant. (Chapters 1-2)

  • Ishmael catches up on his reading and learns some self defense tricks on the way to Diurnia.(Chapters 3-4)

  • Ishmael gets to Diurnia, signs his contract and learns that his ship is waiting. (Chapters 5-6)

  • Ishmael reports for duty on the SC William Tinker and begins meeting the crew. (Chapters 7-8)

  • As Ishmael settles into the shipboard routine, troubling issues start emerging. (Chapters 9-10)

  • Ishmael stands his first watch and takes a tour of the ship. (Chapters 11-12)

  • The SC William Tinker gets underway and Ishmael meets the Captain. (Chapters 13-14)

  • Ishmael learns more about what happened to his predecessor and begins to make changes aboard. (Chapters 15-16)

  • Ishmael gets a reputation and learns something about the crew. (Chapters 17-18)

  • Ishmael learns that no good deed goes unpunished and starts to clean up the ship. (Chapters 19-20)

  • Ishmael has a run in with a couple of crew members and learns something important about the general outlook aboard. (Chapters 21-22)

  • Ishmael learns that Mr. Burnside takes a very proprietary view of his watch. (Chapters 23-24)

  • The crew has a field day and Ishmael discovers that he's volunteered to be a teacher. (Chapters 25-26)

  • The crew learns how to study together and Ishmael gets called names. (Chapters 27-28)

  • After consulting with Arletta and Mel, Ishmael begins taking steps to protect himself. He also learns just how detailed RumorNet can be. (Chapters 29-30)

  • Ishmael pokes about and discovers some interesting facts about the Tinker's systems. (Chapters 31-32)

  • Ishmael visits the Captain and gets a warning from Fredi. (Chapters 33-34)

  • Another crewman wants to join Ishmael's harem. Fredi offers a word of caution. (Chapters 35-36)

  • Ishmael does a little more clean up and takes Mr. Vorhees shopping. (Chapters 37-38)

  • Fredi reveals a secret and Ishmael stretches his legs on the Orbital. (Chapters 39-40)

  • While Mel, Fredi, and Ishmael celebrate, tragedy is brewing. (Chapters 41-42)

  • Burnside shows Ishmael how the ship does drills and half the crew takes ratings exams. (Chapters 43-44)

  • Ishmael gets some late night callers and gets locks installed on the doors. (Chapters 45-46)

  • The watch rotations change as the injured crew are deal with. Apones finally wears a clean shipsuit. (Chapters 47-48)

  • The nightmare ends and Ishmael gives out another whelkie. (Chapters 49-50)

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