The harbor district of San Pedro in Los Angeles is the center of this story's action. Besides being a major port, the area is made up of many ethnic groups and adult establishments.
The overworked LAPD is attempting to patrol an area that has many street gangs and residents who don't speak the same language as the police.
Dink Bach, a second generation Croatian, works on the docks but is currently suspended from work. He has little meaning to his life. Dinko does a favor for a friend and takes a young Mexican dancer, Lita Medina, to a nightclub for an employment interview.
These two innocent characters have a magnetic attraction toward one another. They fall in love in the midst of activities of the dance hall and the trafficking in illegal aliens.
When thirteen Asians are found suffocated on a transportation container on a cargo ship, there is public outcry to find and punish those responsible.
When Lita's roommate who also works at the dance hall, sees something, she disappears and Lita becomes fearful for her own safety.
The action moves in waves that are interspersed with the stories and activities of the mid watch patrol division. These are sometimes humorous and are as interesting as anything in the story.
This is an entertaining story depicting life and hope and the tragic events that can change everything.