James marries Margarita and they sail to Sumatra to establish trade in the East Indies,staying with Dutch ship-owning brothers Max and Theodore Van der Rheede. The brothers are not happy to learn that James has undercut them on a tobacco contract and the dominant Max suggests to his younger brother that they sell up and return to Europe.On the voyage home Margarita intercedes on behalf of a sailor she believes to be harshly-treated,influencing Baines to show him leniency. Back in Liverpool they find that Max has moved there ahead of them but his brother has drowned himself.
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