After a line of mischief Philip Gale, an American sailor, is lured into hiring on the “Yorikke”, a tramp cargo, by Lawski, a stoker from Poland. Still, the two become friends within the motley crew of losers from all nations. Gale and his new companion soon are more than disillusioned: the “Yorikke” is far from seaworthy and more of a coffin than a ship, work is close to slavery, and treatment by the officers and their subalterns is harsh and cynical. One day they make an alarming discovery in a tin of plum butter they have procured from the ship’s cargo…
Blithely ignorant of its unforgiving landscape or its people, a hunter named Gale enters the Mexican jungle and is immediately out of his element. Resting after his first foray, Gale meets Sleigh, an aging American hunter and expatriate.
Martin Viking, an American diplomat in India, is falsely accused on the killing of an Indian dignitary and sets out to prove his innocence while trying to find the location of explosions planed on a Bombay train by a group of terrorists.
During World War II, David Simms pilots supplies between India and China over the Himalaya Mountains. One day he’s forced to miss a flight and is replaced by his friend, Bill March. March’s plane is lost en route and Simms feels guilty. Back in America he meets March’s widow, Elaine. They marry and then both travel to Tibet to learn more about March’s fate and about a mysterious Tibetan mask which has come into their possession.
During the 16th century the Cossacks and their Ukraine homeland is ruled by Poland. This is the story of the leader of the Cossacks and how his son was sent to study under the Poles to learn how to defeat them in battle. However, the son falls in love with the daughter of a Polish nobleman.
Three roguish mercenaries find themselves in the middle of the Mexican revolution, where they face great danger from both sides. This action drama centers on their attempts to avoid capture and use the conflict between the rebels and federales for their own benefit.
The Swedish 19th century engineer S. A. Andrée sets out to become the first man on the north pole. His idea is to launch a polar expedition using a hydrogen balloon, together with two friends. The balloon, “The Eagle”, takes off from Svalbard in 1897, but the three men are not heard of again.
Dick Turpin, a British highwayman, steals from the rich and passes the wealth along to the poor. But, after robbing the evil Lord Churlton, Dick learns that Churlton will soon marry Lady Alice Brookfield, a good-hearted woman who finds Churlton repulsive. In order to escape, Alice disguises herself a boy and travels with Dick to London. Dick is captured by the police and sentenced to hang, but he just might have one last escape left in him.