Life aboard the worlds most opulent ocean liner, as seen through the eyes of a group of 18 year old student chefs, away from home for the first time, in the early 1960s.
Despite the long working hours, everyone managed moments of light relief as well as moments of great sadness, which had life changing consequences for some.
The main thrust of this book centres on the group's metamorphasis from boys to men. It explores their escapades while on shore; the sacrifice of their beloved football /cricket - difficult on an ocean liner i know! - in favour of other past times (women and alcohol), culminating in a "mrs robinson" moment.