* An old mulatto beggar, Luther Sawdust, tells his story to anyone who will listen.
* Sawdust's father was a doctor on a Liverpool ship that is destined for the Atlantic Slave Trade.
* Erasmus Kemp becomes a main character whose father is involved in the building of the Ship.
* Erasmus has a love, Sarah Wolpert, who lives close by.
* A dinner party is held at which Erasmus meets with his cousin, Matthew Paris.
* Erasmus has hated Paris since the age of ten.
* Paris is a surgeon and will be aboard the Liverpool Ship.
* Erasmus' mother is very fond of Paris, and does not hide her affection, which disgusts Erasmus.
* Kemp says that Paris will always be welcome in his household.
* Kemp thinks that God is keeping track of his good deeds.
* Paris agrees to be on the Liverpool Ship.
* Kemp thinks that if Paris'...
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