The Even Chance Horatio Hornblower, a new midshipman joins the British Royal Navy. His immediate problems stem from his seasickness and a shipmate, Simpson, a bully whose own failings make him jealous of the new recruit. The antagonism leads to a duel with tragic results.
The Examination For Lieutenant Hornblower is now a member of the crew under Captain Pellew on HMS Indefatigable, and Britain is at war. Trying to study for the forthcoming examination to become a Lieutenant, Hornblower must face deadly problems and come through with his life - if he can.