Francis Smith, Oil Finder, is a vel situated in the petroleum industry in New Orleans in the early 1960's. Francis returns to New Orleans from a period of duty as a geologist in Libya with the intentions of finding a wife. He quickly meets a student at Tulane University and a romance begins. He reports for his new assignment with Stumble Oil Company and is handed the task of evaluating a new lease that covers a half million acres of south Louisiana marshland. The program to explore this acreage results in a wildcat well that is drilled into a deep, dangerous, abrmal pressure section in the search for gas. Francis discovers that a number of employees are stealing from Stumble Oil and has to make a decision as to what to do about this. Each of these themes is followed to its conclusion against the background of New Orleans and its surrounding area.
Voy Ernst Althaus is a retired petroleum exploration geologist who spent thirty seven years as an oil finder, eighteen of which were in New Orleans. His own experiences in the petroleum industry and in New Orleans have provided the background for this story. He wrote this novel to show what life is really like for the people who search for oil and gas for their livelihood. Voy is now retired from the petroleum industry and manages a Central Texas ranch that has been in his family for three generations. He writes for the pleasure of writing.