Prologue | Chapter 1
• On a stormy night in Greenville, Mississippi, the socialites of the area are attending a dinner party and pondering the high river waters along the city levees.
• The Mississippi River is the longest river in the world and amongst one of the largest.
• James Eads, raised in poverty, is introduced as a successful business owner of a salvage company and a major player in the novel.
Chapter 2 | Chapter 3
• Congress makes the decision to get a survey of the southern portion of the Mississippi River.
• Humphreys, a wealthy war veteran, and a man named Ellet compete for the job.
• Ellet produces a report quicker than Humphreys and receives high recognition even though Humphreys' report is more in depth.
• Humphreys eventually publishes his report and even though it does not receive high compliments in the beginning, it goes on to be one of the best detailed descriptions of...
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