Midshipman Ryan White is pleasantly surprised that he can join mate 2Dads aboard the Hammersley, yet fears hazing until commander Flynn assures him he's quite safe, especially as the captain's godson, except for innocent pranks. Patroling in the Arafura Sea, the ship finds only corpses floating around a burning, sinking ship. It soon becomes clear these Iraqi refugees were abandoned by the human trader, who poses as a grieving father. Swain breaks the secrecy instructions when confronted again with one of the real, legally immigrated relatives. Ryan refuses to consider a life-saving organ donation to his ever-absent father, Stuart White, who gets crucial support from Flynn.