Troubleshooting oil man Vic Scott has arrived in Venezuela to help put out a fire at an offshore well. It’s a ticklish situation: if Scott fails, not only will he die in the blaze, but all of Maracaibo will likely be destroyed. When he isn’t risking his life, Scott romantically pursues ice-princess journalist Laura Kingsley.
Based on the Edna Ferber novel, this engrossing period piece covers the triumphs, tragedies, loves, and sorrows of a few generations of Alaskan settlers between the first World War and the granting of statehood in 1959. Zeb is a local despot whose tough personality dominates the region. He is openly bigoted against the Inuit, and his greedy nature has led him to reject the woman he really loves to marry another with plenty of money. Thor starts out as Zeb’s ally and friend, but due to their diametrically opposed natures, that friendship turns into an entrenched hatred.
Examines the dangerous business of snaring sponges on the ocean’s floor that are sold via an auction exchange. Dimitri, the crooked-head of a Florida sponge-exchange, tries to prevent a boatload of valuable sponges from reaching port in time for the cargo to be sold at auction.