William Botibol, a passenger on an ocean cruise, decides on a scheme to make himself some money. Each night, the captain estimates the ship's progress, and the numbers 'round that are auctioned. The winner collects the pot. As the ship has encountered rough seas, Botibol decides to purchase the "low field" - a wager that the ship will make poor progress - and he spends his last $1000 on this. So when the seas clear just a little too soon, Botibol realizes he is broke - unless he can delay the ship for just long enough to win. The method he chooses suggests, perhaps, the desperation of a gambler with his back up against the wall.