The Secret Sharer is the story of a nameless captain sailing with his crew in the Gulf of Siam at the beginning of the twentieth century. Unsure of himself and new to his commission, the captain takes a fugitive sailor aboard without his crew's knowledge. He protects the man, Leggatt, from the consequences of his past crimes before finally helping him to escape onto land with a difficult maneuver that proves his seamanship to his crew.

Summary of The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

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