When the Enterprise is impounded, Grey has to sell a partnership to master pilot Bill Blake. However, both men soon end up having to get a local sheriff's cooperation by offering him a trip on President Zachary Taylor's inaugural voyage. And to pull that off, they'll need to shanghai the contract--and the President-- from a rival captain, "Bloodhead" Morgan.
Holden discovers that a young girl that he assumes wants a casual relationship with him is actually in shock over the death of her fiancé. She believes that Grey is her lost love and brings Grey home to her village in the swamps. The villagers are more than willing to keep Grey there to keep her happy.
An old friend of Grey's, Gentleman Dan Muldoon, bets heavily that his boxer, The Dublin Boy, can win. But when Dan discovers that Dublin Boy has a glass jaw, he has to go into the fight himself. When Grey discovers that the next punch will blind Dan, he ties up Dan and goes in himself.
When the Enterprise collides with a railroad trestle, Holden brings suit for damages and ends up facing a young attorney named Abraham Lincoln in court.
Holden rescues two shipwrecked actors then books them as the entertainment aboard the Enterprise.
Grey and Bill unwittingly book two feuding families as passengers on board the Enterprise.
An Army sergeant illegally shanghais an Enterprise crewman. When Grey confronts him, the sergeant has no choice but to shanghai him as well... and break him until he agrees to serve.
The beautiful wife of a plantation owner tries to convince Grey to ship their cotton, breaking the monopoly of a greedy local businessman. However, the owner considers himself honorbound to abide by his debts, and his wife refuses to compromise for fear of losing her family lands.
In a case of mistaken identity, three prisoners abduct Bill, thinking he's the son of a dying fourth prisoner who can lead them to $100,000 in stolen money.