This book was about a man named Nailer. Nailer has a job in the ship breaking yards. On one occasion Nailer was stripping copper wire and fell into a giant pool of oil. He was sure that he was going to die until his partner sloth came. She told him that she was going to leave him there and come back later to sell all the oil. Nailer ended up finding a door and getting out and when he got out he told his boss what she did and she was kicked from the light crew. After that day Nailer had many different times when he escaped death. One night after he got out of the oil pool there was a giant storm. He had to drag his dad to safety because he was passed out on drugs. When the storm was over Nailer and his friend Pima went for a walk to see if they could find any food. They didn't find food but they found a clipper ship that was washed up on the shore. The two explored it and found gold and silver. As they were stripping the ship of its riches they found a girl that they thought was dead. Pima tried to cut the gold off the girls fingers and when the cold blade hit the girls skin her eyes flahed open. Nailer and Pima ended up saving the girl and camping by the boat. The next day they saw Nailers dad and a group of people coming towards them. They tried to run but it was no use. the three of them were captured. Nailers dad knew the girl was worth some money and he was going to sell her. Latter that night Nalier and Nita escaped and jumped on a train heading to New Orleans. At the end of the book they make it to New Orleans and when they get there Nailers dad is waiting foe them. There is a big war and Nailers ends up killing his father and getting a job for Nita's dad.