Shawline Shipping is in deep water. It owes money everywhere and has enemies in high places. Wilbur Shaw, the company’s raffish and unscrupulous founder, enlists help wherever he can find it: a thuggish black seaman, an uncouth right-hand man, an inexperienced young lawyer whose moral scruples are tested as rigorously as his legal skills. Wilbur thinks Shawline needs an injection of Asian capital and management expertise. He gets both in a manner of speaking. From Singapore — or is it Taiwan? — comes the unflagging optimist Danny Wong. He offers Shawline a way out. Who knows, it may actually work.