Jeff had stowed away on a cargo ship heading for Europe from Miami. His plan was to hide in the storage area and bail once they reached dry land. How was he supposed to know that the crew routinely swept the cargo area?
They brought him before the captain, who explained they had a simple system for dealing with stowaways. One way or another, they always worked off their debt.
Jeff didn’t realize what he meant he meant until the man snapped his fingers. then he realized that he would be working off his debt—on his back.