It is 1980 and New York City is steamrolling towards a decade of unprecedented social and economic change. But Matthew Trekowski, (Trek), lives a peripheral life of detached despondency. He charters his decrepit sailing "yacht" the Ventura from a scruffy marina in Staten Island earning barely enough to keep self and home afloat. Trek and his symbiotic boat are hopelessly deteriorating when a disastrous charter segues into opportunity—or so he thinks. Soon, Trek finds himself operating out of Pier 11 at the foot of Manhattan's Wall Street. His customers are well-heeled tourists—and a hard playing white-collar set who welcome a new venue for cocaine and alcohol-fueled parties. Of perceived necessity, Trek then becomes enmeshed in a criminal subculture, itself within the framework of a city and harbor shot through with corruption. Suddenly he finds that his rational—the need of his own survival, conflicts with morals long forgotten. Trek needs to make choices—which, in the past, have usually been wrong.
Published: 22 July 2014