Hayward plays the vixen to the hilt in this offbeat O'Neill drama. She is a spoiled, wealthy socialite returning to America on a tramp steamer carrying refugees. First, to amuse herself, Hayward toys with the ship's second engineer, Loder, then falls in love with him. She convinces him to
take her to the boiler room where the stokers feed the roaring furnaces with coal, even though this area is off limits to passengers. There, wearing an impeccable white ensemble, Hayward inspects the greasy, soot-stained, burly men, largest and fiercest among them being Bendix. He is a
simple-minded, almost cretinous worker who is childishly proud of his brawn; he loves his job an...