Jake Huard, from a shipbuilders family, promised his dying mother hed make it to Annapolis Naval Academy. Thanks to tenaciously bugging a Congressman hes selected, despite dubious grades. Once inside Jake soon proves sub-standard academically. Constantly challenged to his limits, repeatedly made the over-cocky reason for the entire class to suffer, Jake nearly quits, but after facing his utterly unsupportive fathers gloating returns just in time. Stubborn Jake finds support with mates as well as Ali, his lover-to-be, and a discipline he may excel in: the brigade boxing tournament, open to all ranks.